pro·​lif·​ic | \ prə-ˈli-fik How to pronounce prolific (audio) \

Essential Meaning of prolific

: producing a large amount of something a prolific author [=an author who writes many books] a prolific inventor See More ExamplesShe's a prolific scorer. [=she scores many points/goals] a very prolific orchard [=an orchard that produces a very large amount of fruit] The tree is a prolific bloomer. [=the tree produces many flowers]Hide

Full Definition of prolific

1 : producing young or fruit especially freely : fruitful
2 archaic : causing abundant growth, generation, or reproduction
3 : marked by abundant inventiveness or productivity a prolific composer

Other Words from prolific

prolificacy \ prə-​ˈli-​fi-​kə-​sē How to pronounce prolific (audio) \ noun
prolifically \ prə-​ˈli-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce prolific (audio) \ adverb
prolificness \ prə-​ˈli-​fik-​nəs How to pronounce prolific (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for prolific

fertile, fecund, fruitful, prolific mean producing or capable of producing offspring or fruit. fertile implies the power to reproduce in kind or to assist in reproduction and growth fertile soil ; applied figuratively, it suggests readiness of invention and development. a fertile imagination fecund emphasizes abundance or rapidity in bearing fruit or offspring. a fecund herd fruitful adds to fertile and fecund the implication of desirable or useful results. fruitful research prolific stresses rapidity of spreading or multiplying by or as if by natural reproduction. a prolific writer

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
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Recent Examples on the Web It’s one of the year’s most prolific, though rarely seen bevause of cloud and cold conditions in the northern hemisphere. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 Shenker finished the 2021 campaign as Auburn’s fourth-leading receiver while turning in the most prolific season by a tight end in program history. Tom Green |, al, 1 Jan. 2022 And Burkett is the only one of the bunch who can boast of winning a state championship during his prolific season. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Dec. 2021 For the second year in a row, the Spurs are the least-prolific 3-point shooting team in the NBA. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Nov. 2021 But Scheyer’s once-prolific playing career was never meant to extend into the pros. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2021 His offense, which has turned more versatile, more prolific with Cam Rising at quarterback, has helped mask some of the defensive shortcomings. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Oct. 2021 So who was this prolific, thoughtful and forward-thinking writer? San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Oct. 2021 No other voice in comedy has been as uniquely prolific, brazen, dark, hilarious, and heartfelt. Jolie Lash,, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of prolific

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prolific

French prolifique, from Middle French, from Latin proles + Middle French -figue -fic

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pro·​lif·​ic | \ prə-ˈli-fik How to pronounce prolific (audio) \

Kids Definition of prolific

1 : very inventive or productive a prolific writer
2 : producing young or fruit in large numbers a prolific fruit tree

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