- The definition of prodigal is spending money carelessly and foolishly.
An example of prodigal is buying very expensive cars and homes.
- Prodigal is a person who left home, often under bad terms, and who then has a long-awaited and much celebrated return home.
An example of prodigal is a son who comes home to make peace with his father after a ten year fight.
prodigal definition by Webster's New World
- exceedingly or recklessly wasteful
- extremely generous; lavish: prodigal with one's praise
- extremely abundant; profuse
Origin: Middle French ; from Classical Latin prodigus, prodigal ; from prodigere, to drive forth or away, waste ; from pro-, forth plush agere, to drive: see pro- and amp; act
prodigal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Rashly or wastefully extravagant: prodigal expenditures on unneeded weaponry; a prodigal life.
- Giving or given in abundance; lavish or profuse: prodigal praise. See Synonyms at profuse.
Origin: Probably back-formation from prodigality.
- prodˈi·gal·ly adverb