prodigal son/daughter

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of prodigal son/daughter

:a son/daughter who leaves his or her parents to do things that they do not approve of but then feels sorry and returns home often used figuratively
  • He left the company several years ago, but now the prodigal son has returned.

Word by Word Definitions

prodigal play
  1. : characterized by profuse or wasteful expenditure : lavish

  2. : recklessly spendthrift

  3. : yielding abundantly : luxuriant

  1. : one who spends or gives lavishly and foolishly

  2. : one who has returned after an absence

son play
  1. : a human male offspring especially of human beings

  2. : a male adopted child

  3. : a human male descendant

  1. : sound

daughter play
  1. : a female offspring especially of human parents

  2. : a female adopted child

  3. : a human female descendant

  1. : having the characteristics or relationship of a daughter (see 1daughter 1)

  2. : belonging to the first generation of offspring, organelles, or molecules produced by reproduction, division, or replication


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