Definition of prolific in English:

prolific

adjective

  • 1(of a plant, animal, or person) producing much fruit or foliage or many offspring:

    ‘in captivity tigers are prolific breeders’
    • ‘Meyers are a dime a dozen in many California backyards (we had a prolific tree next to our oranges).’
    • ‘Both are frequently images of creativity: rabbits are prolific and snakes shed their skins and grow new ones as an act of renewal.’
    • ‘That North Mart must be a very prolific species.’
    • ‘It is one of Britain's most prolific weeds, with its creeping, fanned leaves having taken over large swathes of countryside.’
    • ‘The total catch remains high because they are replaced by short-lived, prolific species like mackerels.’
    • ‘You'll soon get to recognise the most prolific weeds in your garden and discover ways to keep them under control.’
    • ‘The average working life of a bee is eight weeks during the summer but the queen is very prolific and lays between 2,000-3,000 eggs a day so the hives are self generating.’
    • ‘Backs of vacant houses create a poor impression at the Docks, where weeds were quite prolific on the gravel areas.’
    • ‘It is only the female midge that bites (we refrain from any inappropriate comment whatsoever) and they are extremely prolific.’
    productive, creative, inventive, fertile
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    1. 1.1 (of an artist, author, or composer) producing many works:
      ‘he was a prolific composer of operas’
      • ‘She is also a prolific composer of ballads in English and Irish.’
      • ‘He was incredibly prolific, writing hundreds of choral, keyboard and instrumental works.’
      • ‘No black woman writer had been as prolific.’
      • ‘He was immensely prolific, producing more than 1,000 paintings and a great many drawings.’
      • ‘He's one of the most prolific people out there in music right now.’
      • ‘Helps was a legendary pianist and a prolific composer.’
      • ‘Seeing this wealth of material brings home what an extraordinarily prolific group they were.’
      • ‘The prolific composer has led his own bands of all sizes, including big bands.’
      • ‘He was a prolific composer, writing symphonies, concertos, sonatas, and dramatic works.’
      • ‘He doesn't do fiction, of course, but he is mighty prolific.’
      • ‘There has hardly been a more prolific writer with a greater range of material to choose from.’
      • ‘These prolific composers often wrote several operas in a single year, and reports of new performances spread quickly from city to city.’
      • ‘Here is an amazingly prolific young songwriter who is teetering on the brink of worldwide recognition.’
      • ‘Michael is one of the most prolific people in this business, with a number of books and a huge number of lectures behind him.’
      • ‘A prolific poet and author, he appears for the time being to have put down his pen.’
      • ‘His passion for classical music, coupled with boundless energy, has made him one of the most prolific composers of the age.’
      • ‘Yet for someone who spends most of his life on the road he is a very prolific recording artist.’
      • ‘Although he was prolific, producing some 200 canvases in just one year at Arles, hardly anything sold.’
      • ‘Beamish is one of the best-known names in classical music, and Britain's most prolific composer of concertos.’
      • ‘He developed into an extremely prolific playwright, novelist, and lecturer.’
    2. 1.2 (of a sports player) high-scoring:
      ‘a prolific goalscorer’
      • ‘Hasselbaink and Viduka are both prolific scorers and they are potentially a lethal combination up front.’
      • ‘He was one of the most prolific natural goal scorers the game has ever seen.’
      • ‘Carter can be one of the league's most prolific scorers, but he needs to drive to the basket more instead of settling for outside jumpers.’
      • ‘The prolific scorer netted a hat-trick in this win over Brooklands.’
      • ‘The lads are now calling Shaun Wright-Phillips a prolific scorer and at least it showed me that we are not one-dimensional.’
      • ‘If you look at his record this season he is beginning to pick up all the traits of a prolific goal scorer.’
      • ‘Indian cricket has seen some of the most prolific run scorers and bowlers.’
      • ‘With scoring at a premium in the playoffs, the teams with two prolific scorers are more difficult to match up against.’
      • ‘At the other end, prolific striker Steve Hislop came closest in the first half.’
      • ‘He was a prolific scorer at junior level and those in the know have long tipped him to make a career out of the game.’
      • ‘Missing some of their regular players including their prolific scorer, Thomas Doyle, they still managed to gain a point from this fixture.’
      • ‘They aren't the most prolific scorers in the league but their goals come from all over the team and with a solid back four they are third in the league on merit.’
      • ‘Displaying cat-like reflexes, Beene proved she was as adept at frustrating the world's most prolific goal scorers as her more famous rival.’
      • ‘In Pancev, they possessed the continent's most prolific scorer, with 34 goals for his club.’
      • ‘Denis Savard and Joe Mullen were two of the NHL's most prolific scorers over their careers.’
      • ‘In fact, the line-backer has been a more prolific scorer this season than many offensive players throughout the league.’
      • ‘As the table below shows, left-handers have been far more prolific at this ground over the last four years.’
      • ‘The 27-year-old former Lugano player is a prolific scorer, and illustrated as much with two goals against the Slovakian side.’
      • ‘Though by no means a prolific scorer, the leggy midfielder is always a threat going forward, where he uses his size and strength to full advantage.’
      • ‘The home side welcomed prolific scorer Ruth Jeays into the squad and started the match with a determination rarely seen at this level.’
  • 2Present in large numbers or quantities; plentiful:

    ‘mahogany was once prolific in the tropical forests’
    • ‘Though the wildlife is not as prolific as in the upcountry game parks, the beautiful rainforest and the spectacular Sheldrick Falls make it worth a visit.’
    • ‘In the east of Natal, a series of game reserves offer the chance to sample some of South Africa's varied and prolific wildlife.’
    • ‘Because of Costa Rica's small size, its prolific animals and plants are easily accessible - and quite easy to see.’
    • ‘Restricted movement causes increased pollution and traffic lights are becoming so prolific there must be a drain on power supplies.’
    • ‘Forty-six species of wildlife have been identified here and the bird life is prolific.’
    • ‘Tourism is well controlled and, as a result, the wildlife is prolific but the birds and animals have become accustomed to visitors and many are quite tame.’
    • ‘What has changed is that this technology has become prolific.’
    • ‘The south is home to some of the most popular restcamps as the wildlife is prolific.’
    plentiful, abundant, bountiful, profuse, copious, luxuriant, rich, lush, proliferative
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    1. 2.1 Characterized by plentiful wildlife or produce:
      ‘the prolific rivers around Galway’
      • ‘The Dee in Aberdeenshire, once a highly prolific spring river, continues to suffer from a dreadful lack of these big early salmon.’
      • ‘The north of the island is by far the most prolific, especially Grankulla Bay, a large salty inland lake where the sheltered and shallow water offers refuge for the fish in spring and autumn.’
      • ‘From Cape Wrath to Campbeltown, once prolific river systems have been denuded of their most precious asset.’
      • ‘All of a sudden the fishing returns plummeted and overnight prolific sections of the river produced no fish.’
      • ‘Beats higher up the river are often more prolific this late in the season with fish running hard to the middle and upper stretches.’
      abundant, plentiful, superabundant, considerable, copious, ample, lavish, luxuriant, profuse, boundless, munificent, bountiful, inexhaustible, generous
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin prolificus, from Latin proles offspring (see proliferous).

Pronunciation:

prolific

/prəˈlɪfɪk/