Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: prodigus, from prodigere 'to drive away, use wastefully'

prodigal

1 adjective
     
prod‧i‧gal1 [usually before noun] formal
1

prodigal son/daughter

someone who leaves their family and home without the approval of their family, but who is sorry later and returns
2 spending money, wasting time etc in a careless way [= extravagant]:
a prodigal lifestyle

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary