Definition of prodigal
- a prodigal feast
- prodigal outlays for her clothes
- the prodigal prince
- nature has been so prodigal of her bounty
- —H. T. Buckle
the prodigal child always spent her allowance the minute she got it
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the million-dollar lottery winner was such a prodigal that his windfall was exhausted after only a few years
: carelessly and foolishly spending money, time, etc.
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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