Definitions

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  • adv. In a prodigal manner; extravagantly or wastefully.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a prodigal manner; with profusion of expense; extravagantly; wasteful; profusely; lavishly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a prodigal manner.
  • With liberal abundance; profusely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to a wasteful manner or to a wasteful degree

Etymologies

prodigal +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They early discovered the virtues of hot water judiciously saturated with sugar, and they prodigally swam their flapjacks and soaked their crusts in the rich, white syrup.

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  • And Tom King, who for half an hour had conserved his strength, now expended it prodigally in the one great effort he knew he had in him.

    A PIECE OF STEAK

  • At still other times, his tactics would be to scatter single chips prodigally and amazingly over the table.

    SHORTY DREAMS

  • But as I watched this revival, I couldn't help but recall time and again the exquisite staging of William Inge's "Picnic" that David Cromer, the most prodigally gifted American theater director of his generation, mounted two years ago for Chicago's Writers 'Theatre.

    A Staging Too Heavy-Handed by Half

  • Kakutani on A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years by John Richardson: "As John Richardson reminds us in the third installment of his magisterial and definitive biography, Picasso not only worshiped the gods Dionysius, Priapus and Mithra (the god of light and wisdom), but also regarded himself as their confrère — an artist so prodigally talented, so daring and so virtuosic that he could reinvent the universe."

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  • But Gold ( "Carter Beats the Devil") is a prodigally gifted storyteller.

    Charlie’s Company

  • The investment game is prodigally encumbered with inducement for manipulation or corruption, imploring the weak of fortitude, morals and principals to abide to discrepant customs.

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  • Much of the work will likely be done by the president himself - it seems almost impossible that he will refrain from prodigally granting pardons on his way out the door.

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  • Paris, was renowned for the wild, venturous, and extravagant wit, the brilliant sallies and fortunate repartees, with which he prodigally seasoned the character of the party-coloured jester.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • This name is so respectable that it should not be prodigally bestowed; it is not right to assume the name and arms of a family to which one does not belong.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

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