Definition of prolific
prolificacyplay \-ˈli-fi-kə-sē\ noun
prolificallyplay \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
prolificnessplay \-fik-nəs\ noun
Examples of prolific in a Sentence
Since [David] Mamet is a prolific writer of Hollywood screenplays, there are today more people who know his work than know that they know it. —Juliet Fleming, Times Literary Supplement, 18 Feb. 2000
The main rival to his pneumonia was the prolific thrush which went into his throat and stomach. —Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting, 1993
A writer as established and prolific as Joyce Carol Oates can approach her material in a wealth of ways unavailable to the more plodding. —Jane Smiley, New York Times Book Review, 5 May 1991
Here there are La restaurants, wine bars, bookshops, estate agents more prolific than doctors, and attractive people in black, few of them aging. —Hanif Kureishi, Granta 22, Autumn 1987
a famously prolific author who could produce several works of fiction and nonfiction a year
Recent Examples of prolific from the Web
Moore also finished his career as one of the Saints most prolific receivers, ranking fifth in receptions, seventh in receiving yardage, fourth in touchdown receptions, eighth in total touchdowns (39) and ninth in 100-yard receiving games.
In a genre in which just about everything has been done to death, the prolific English novelist and screenwriter has come up with a unique premise.
Perhaps nuclear power's biggest nemesis is the cheap natural gas flooding the market from the Northeast's Marcellus Shale reservoir, the nation's most prolific gas field.
Petrovich, 57, owner of Petrovich Development Co., is one of the most prolific developers in the region.
The relationship between the Missouri Senate’s leader and an emissary for one of the state’s most prolific political donors is raising eyebrows in the statehouse.
SoftBank’s Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son is working to become the world’s most prolific technology investor, and closed the first round of capital commitments for his Vision Fund this month.
This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of the prolific American architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright.
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Origin and Etymology of prolific
French prolifique, from Middle French, from Latin proles + Middle French -figue -fic
First Known Use: 1650See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of prolific
PROLIFIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prolific for English Language Learners
: producing a large amount of something
PROLIFIC Defined for Kids
Definition of prolific for Students
1 : very inventive or productive a prolific writer
2 : producing young or fruit in large numbers a prolific fruit tree
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