Difficult Words : Prodigious and Prodigal

Difficult Words : Prodigious and Prodigal

Prodigal (PROD uh gul) adj: wastefully extravagant

The chef was prodigal with his employer's money, spending thousands of dollars on ingredients for what was supposed to be a simple meal.

The young artist was prodigal with his talents, wasting time and energy on greeting cards that might have been devoted to serious paintings.

The prodigal gambler soon found that he couldn't afford even two-dollar bet.

To be prodigal is to be characterized by prodigality.

Prodigious (pruh DIJ us) adj: extraordinary, enormous

Filling the Grand Canyon with Pring-pong balls would be a prodigious undertaking. It would be both extraordinary and enormous.

The little boy caught a prodigious fish. It was ten times his size and might more easily have caught him had their situations been reversed.

See also prodigy.

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