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prod·i·gal / ˈprädigəl/ • adj. 1. spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant: prodigal habits die hard.2. having or giving something on a lavish scale: the dessert was crunchy with brown sugar and prodigal with whipped cream.• n. a person who spends money in a recklessly extravagant way. ∎  (also prodigal son or daughter) a person who leaves home and behaves in such a way, but later makes a repentant return.DERIVATIVES: prod·i·gal·i·ty / ˌprädəˈgalətē/·i·gal·ly / -g(ə)lē/ adv.