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prodigal adj
1 very generous; "distributed gifts with a lavish hand"; "the critics were lavish in their praise"; "a munificent gift"; "his father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent"; "prodigal praise"; "unsparing generosity"; "his unstinted devotion"; "called for unstinting aid to Britain" [syn: lavish, munificent, overgenerous, too-generous, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting]
2 recklessly wasteful; "prodigal in their expenditures" [syn: extravagant, profligate, spendthrift]
3 marked by rash extravagance; "led a prodigal life" n : a recklessly extravagant consumer [syn: profligate, squanderer]

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  1. wastefully extravagant.
    He found himself guilty of prodigal spending during the holidays.
    He is not a prodigal son.
  2. (often followed by of or with) someone yielding profusely, lavish
    She was a merry person, glad and prodigal of smiles.
    How can he be so prodigal with money on such a tight budget?
  3. profuse, lavishly abundant


wastefully extravagant
profuse, lavishly abundant


  1. A prodigal person, a spendthrift.


a prodigal person
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