- The definition of profligate is acting wasteful or spending money too freely.
An example of profligate is a newly rich person buying houses for all their friends.
- Profligate is defined as acting in a way that is immoral or wrong.
An example of profligate is a congressman spending government money on personal projects.
- immoral and shameless
- extremely wasteful; recklessly extravagant
Origin of profligateClassical Latin profligatus, past participle of profligare, to strike to the ground, rout, ruin ; from pro-, forward (see pro-) + fligere, to drive, dash (see inflict)
- Given to or characterized by licentiousness or dissipation: a profligate nightlife.
- Given to or characterized by reckless waste; wildly extravagant: a profligate spender; the profligate use of water.
Origin of profligateLatin prōflīgātus, past participle of prōflīgāre, to ruin, cast down : prō-, forward; see pro–1 + -flīgāre, intensive of flīgere, to strike down.
(comparative more profligate, superlative most profligate)
(third-person singular simple present profligates, present participle profligating, simple past and past participle profligated)
- (obsolete) To drive away; to overcome.