Prodigal vs Penurious - What's the difference?

prodigal | penurious |


As adjectives the difference between prodigal and penurious

is that prodigal is wastefully extravagant while penurious is miserly; excessively cheap.

As a noun prodigal

is a prodigal person, a spendthrift.

prodigal

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • wastefully extravagant.
  • He found himself guilty of prodigal spending during the holidays.
    He is a prodigal son.
  • (often, followed by of or with) someone yielding profusely, lavish
  • She was a merry person, glad and prodigal of smiles.
    How can he be so prodigal with money on such a tight budget?
  • profuse, lavishly abundant
  • returning after abandoning a person, group, or ideal, especially for selfish reasons; being a prodigal son.
  • * '>citation
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Antonyms

    * (a prodigal person) frugal

    Derived terms

    * prodigal son

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A prodigal person, a spendthrift.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    penurious

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Miserly; excessively cheap.
  • The old man died a penurious wretch; eighty-thousand dollars in the mattress and as many holes in the roof.
  • Not bountiful; thin; scant.
  • The penurious stew would have been more accurately labelled broth.
  • Impoverished; wanting for money.
  • The poor penurious horde, naught in the cooking pot and naught in the belly.

    Synonyms

    * See also * See also

    Antonyms

    * See also