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American English: /ˈprɑdəɡəl/
British English: /ˈprɒdɪɡ(ə)l/

Translation of prodigal in Spanish:


  • 1 (wasteful) to be prodigal with or [formal]of something
    ser pródigo con algo
    despilfarrar algo
    the prodigal son (Bible)
    el hijo pródigo
    Example sentences
    • It is short-sighted and a prodigal use of limited resources.
    • Call me reckless, prodigal even, but I've been spending up big on electricity.
    • Above all, the Executive must curb its own prodigal spending.
  • 2 (lavish) [formal] to be prodigal with or of something
    ser pródigo en algo
    Example sentences
    • Beside the little plateau a rocky basin of roughly the same shape and dimensions caught the thundering water in its downward rush, tossing it high, splashing and spraying, breezing falling flowers and mist with prodigal liberality.
    • Caesar, or Christ, that is the question: the vast, attractive, skeptical world, with its pleasures and ambitions and its prodigal promise, or the meek, majestic, and winning figure of Him of Nazareth?
    • As a small boy, Stephen showed few signs of prodigal genius; he was slow to learn to read but liked to take things apart - a way of ‘finding out how the world around me worked’.


  • [formal]
    Example sentences
    • When it comes to love, God is the great prodigal - extravagant, a spendthrift, and oblivious to cost.
    • In reckless extravagance he outdid the prodigals of all times in ingenuity… and set before his guests loaves and meats of gold, declaring that a man ought either to be frugal or be Caesar.
    • This includes not just creditors but, above all, the little man who is forced to keep his meager savings in the form of cash, i.e., paper money open to plunder by the prodigal which is the consortium of the banks and the government.
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