Prodigal vs. Prodigious: What's the Difference?
Prodigal and Prodigious Definitions
Rashly or wastefully extravagant
Prodigal expenditures on unneeded weaponry.
A prodigal nephew who squandered his inheritance.
Impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous
A prodigious storm.
Giving or given in abundance; lavish or profuse
"the infinite number of organic beings with which the sea of the tropics, so prodigal of life, teems" (Charles Darwin).
A prodigious talent.
One who is given to wasteful luxury or extravagance.
(Obsolete) Portentous; ominous.
He found himself guilty of prodigal spending during the holidays.
The prodigal son spent his share of his inheritance until he was destitute.
Very big in size or quantity; colossal, gigantic, huge.
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?
Extraordinarily amazing or exciting.
Profuse, lavishly abundant.
(by allusion to the New Testament story commonly called "The Parable of the Prodigal Son", [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15:11–32 Luke 15:11–32]) Behaving as a prodigal son:
(obsolete) Ominous, portentous.
Having (selfishly) abandoned a person, group, or ideal.
Of the nature of a prodigy; marvelous; wonderful; portentous.
It is prodigious to have thunder in a clear sky.
Returning or having returned, especially repentantly, after such an abandonment.
Extraordinary in bulk, extent, quantity, or degree; very great; vast; huge; immense; as, a prodigious mountain; a prodigious creature; a prodigious blunder.
A prodigal person; a spendthrift; a wastrel.
So great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe;
Colossal crumbling ruins of an ancient temple
Has a colossal nerve
A prodigious storm
A stupendous field of grass
Given to extravagant expenditure; expending money or other things without necessity; recklessly or viciously profuse; lavish; wasteful; not frugal or economical; as, a prodigal man; the prodigal son; prodigal giving; prodigal expenses.
In fighting fields [patriots] were prodigal of blood.
Of momentous or ominous significance;
Such a portentous...monster raised all my curiosity
A prodigious vision
One who expends money extravagantly, viciously, or without necessity; one that is profuse or lavish in any expenditure; a waster; a spendthrift.
Far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree;
A night of exceeding darkness
An exceptional memory
Olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy
The young Mozart's prodigious talents
A recklessly extravagant consumer
Distributed gifts with a lavish hand
The critics were lavish in their praise
A munificent gift
His father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent
His unstinted devotion
Called for unstinting aid to Britain
Prodigal in their expenditures
Marked by rash extravagance;
Led a prodigal life