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 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.
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.
The 2016-2017 school year was book-ended with state championships, capping the most prolific athletic season in the Keller school district’s history.
Jay Bonin's outstanding new book Active Pieces: Practical Advice from America's Most Relentless Tournament Player (co-authored with Greg Keener) recounts the amazing tournament life of the United States' most prolific tournament player.
In no way should a prolific filmmaker like Spielberg get a pass for having only a handful of films with female leads.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'prolific'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up prolific? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).