As adjectives the difference between economical and prodigal
is that economical
is careful with money so as not to spend too much; prudent; thrifty while prodigal
is wastefully extravagant.
As a noun prodigal is
a prodigal person, a spendthrift.
* economicall (obsolete)
Careful with money so as not to spend too much; prudent; thrifty.
Relating to economy in any other sense.
Modern usage prefers economic' when describing the economy of a region or country (and when referring to personal or family budgeting).
' Economical is preferred when referring to thrift or value for money.
* economical with the truth
- He found himself guilty of prodigal spending during the holidays.
(often, followed by of or with) someone yielding profusely, lavish
- He is a prodigal son.
- She was a merry person, glad and prodigal of smiles.
profuse, lavishly abundant
returning after abandoning a person, group, or ideal, especially for selfish reasons; being a prodigal son.
- How can he be so prodigal with money on such a tight budget?
* See also
* (a prodigal person) frugal
* prodigal son
A prodigal person, a spendthrift.
* See also