In our coal-measures, the mighty dead forests of long ago, are vast stores of sunlight which we are prodigally using up.
He had made his money in mines, rails, ships; and now he was spending it prodigally.
At the same time the cardinal-minister replaced the paternal manor with a chteau elaborately and prodigally royal.
Indeed, they were sumptuously, lavishly, prodigally provided for.
Praise, in my opinion, properly and not prodigally bestowed, is one of the best resources of a nation.
None of art's works, but prodigally strownBy nature, with her negligence divine.
A valley by no means so prodigally watered as Zoraida's, but none the less an estate to put a sparkle into a man's eyes.
Here are bred the men whose blood—when the bagpipe blows—is prodigally poured forth on a thousand shores.
They led him to the fire, prodigally replenished it, and sat him down between them.
Trails Plowed Under, prodigally illustrated, is a collection of yarns and anecdotes saturated with humor and humanity.
mid-15c., a back-formation from prodigality, or else from Middle French prodigal and directly from Late Latin prodigalis, from Latin prodigus "wasteful," from prodigere "drive away, waste," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + agere "to drive" (see act (v.)). First reference is to prodigial son, from Vulgate Latin filius prodigus (Luke xv:11-32). As a noun, "prodigal person," 1590s, from the adjective (the Latin adjective also was used as a noun).