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
There’s J. Christian Adams, a former DOJ official who’s been a prolific proponent of wild theories about voter fraud.
Missy arrived right on time: with peers such as Busta Rhymes, the Bad Boy family and SWV, Missy’s music felt prolific and relevant all at once.
There’s this very prolific guy at the top who sexually harasses everyone, and victims were too afraid to speak out until finally, a couple of women came to me.
The agency has also lowered estimates for production in the Permian, America’s most prolific oil field.
Following Bernie Madoff's arrest for what many consider to be the largest Ponzi scheme in history, his wife Ruth fell into relative exile, ostracized by her former social circle, which included many who were duped by her husband's prolific fraud.
But while his career is rising, the prolific and proficient guitarist, who often gets compared to Emerald City deity Jimi Hendrix, has kept his home city interwoven throughout his new, riff-centric album.
Now, regulators are stepping up scrutiny of these prolific buyers.
Increased regulatory scrutiny over the borrowings of China’s most prolific overseas deal makers weighed on mainland markets Friday, as trading elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region was lackluster.
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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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