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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The Brazilian incumbent made significantly less tackles and was less prolific at winning the ball back, though that is partially due to City's dominance of possession. SI.com, "Rodri: Statistically the Perfect Midfielder for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City," 4 July 2019 The blonde on the beach appears to be particularly prolific. Bernard Condon, USA TODAY, "Trump campaign ads use 'fake' stock models to portray supporters," 3 July 2019 The blonde on the beach appears to be particularly prolific. CBS News, "Trump Facebook video ads appear to use stock models," 3 July 2019 The blonde on the beach appears to be particularly prolific. NBC News, "Trump Facebook ads use models to portray actual supporters," 2 July 2019 The blonde on the beach appears to be particularly prolific. Bernard Condon, The Mercury News, "Trump’s Facebook ads use models posing as supporters," 2 July 2019 The blonde on the beach appears to be particularly prolific. Washington Post, "Trump Facebook ads use models to portray actual supporters," 2 July 2019 Pugh, who has been insanely prolific over the last two years, gives one of her strongest performances to date. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Midsommar Makes Haunting Horror Out Of Sunlight & Flower Crowns," 28 June 2019 Others are prolific: One breeding male in Voyageurs dispatched a whopping 28 beavers in 2016 alone. Ben Goldfarb, National Geographic, "The secret lives of fish-eating, beaver-ambushing wolves of Minnesota," 21 June 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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prolific

adjective

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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