prolific

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

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

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Other Words from prolific

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

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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 Kleinman, an eminent psychiatrist and medical anthropologist who has taught at Harvard for more than four decades, is also a prolific writer. Katie Hafner, Washington Post, "He critiqued a callous health-care system. Then he experienced it firsthand.," 8 Nov. 2019 Brissett has actually been terrific -- if not prolific -- when throwing downfield. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: ‘Keep watching,’ Colts say big plays are coming," 17 Oct. 2019 Handke went on to become such a prolific writer that the announcement of his Nobel win cited nearly 100 works. Patrick J. Kiger, Los Angeles Times, "European stylists make their mark on the Nobel Prize for literature," 10 Oct. 2019 Jacob and Wilhelm were prolific letter-writers during their rare times apart, and while in Paris, Jacob wrote to Wilhelm in Marburg of his desire to devote his life to the study of German literary history. National Geographic, "Brothers Grimm fairy tales were never meant for kids," 24 Sep. 2019 Roberts -- who died yesterday at age 75 -- was also a prolific writer, authoring a number of books and a syndicated newspaper column. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for September 18: Saudi Arabia, politics, weather, Cokie Roberts," 18 Sep. 2019 Until recently, some of its most prolific writers used pseudonyms. Justin Bank, New York Times, "Big Tech, a Conservative Provocateur and the Fight Over Disinformation," 21 Aug. 2019 This sentiment became a topic of conversation, particularly after the passing of prolific writer, academic and voice, Toni Morrison, as expressed by writers such as Jason Reynolds, a New York Times Best-Selling Author. Steven Underwood, Essence, "Opinion: Is Black Excellence Killing Us?," 21 Aug. 2019 Landscape with Rain, It’s hard to imagine a better anchorman for the Cosmic Impact Channel than Lyall Watson, a prolific South African writer and naturalist somewhere on the spectrum between crank and polymath. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 22 July 2019

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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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The first known use of prolific was in 1650

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prolific

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of prolific

: producing a large amount of something

prolific

adjective
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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