Definition of prolific in US English:

prolific

adjective

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

    ‘in captivity tigers are prolific breeders’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Backs of vacant houses create a poor impression at the Docks, where weeds were quite prolific on the gravel areas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is only the female midge that bites (we refrain from any inappropriate comment whatsoever) and they are extremely prolific.’
    • ‘You'll soon get to recognise the most prolific weeds in your garden and discover ways to keep them under control.’
    • ‘The total catch remains high because they are replaced by short-lived, prolific species like mackerels.’
    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’
      • ‘His passion for classical music, coupled with boundless energy, has made him one of the most prolific composers of the age.’
      • ‘There has hardly been a more prolific writer with a greater range of material to choose from.’
      • ‘Although he was prolific, producing some 200 canvases in just one year at Arles, hardly anything sold.’
      • ‘He was incredibly prolific, writing hundreds of choral, keyboard and instrumental works.’
      • ‘Seeing this wealth of material brings home what an extraordinarily prolific group they were.’
      • ‘He's one of the most prolific people out there in music right now.’
      • ‘He developed into an extremely prolific playwright, novelist, and lecturer.’
      • ‘He doesn't do fiction, of course, but he is mighty prolific.’
      • ‘A prolific poet and author, he appears for the time being to have put down his pen.’
      • ‘No black woman writer had been as prolific.’
      • ‘She is also a prolific composer of ballads in English and Irish.’
      • ‘Michael is one of the most prolific people in this business, with a number of books and a huge number of lectures behind him.’
      • ‘Beamish is one of the best-known names in classical music, and Britain's most prolific composer of concertos.’
      • ‘Yet for someone who spends most of his life on the road he is a very prolific recording artist.’
      • ‘The prolific composer has led his own bands of all sizes, including big bands.’
      • ‘Helps was a legendary pianist and a prolific composer.’
      • ‘He was a prolific composer, writing symphonies, concertos, sonatas, and dramatic works.’
      • ‘Here is an amazingly prolific young songwriter who is teetering on the brink of worldwide recognition.’
      • ‘He was immensely prolific, producing more than 1,000 paintings and a great many drawings.’
      • ‘These prolific composers often wrote several operas in a single year, and reports of new performances spread quickly from city to city.’
    2. 1.2 (of a sports player) high-scoring.
      ‘a prolific home-run hitter’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the other end, prolific striker Steve Hislop came closest in the first half.’
      • ‘The prolific scorer netted a hat-trick in this win over Brooklands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was one of the most prolific natural goal scorers the game has ever seen.’
      • ‘In Pancev, they possessed the continent's most prolific scorer, with 34 goals for his club.’
      • ‘Hasselbaink and Viduka are both prolific scorers and they are potentially a lethal combination up front.’
      • ‘If you look at his record this season he is beginning to pick up all the traits of a prolific goal scorer.’
      • ‘The home side welcomed prolific scorer Ruth Jeays into the squad and started the match with a determination rarely seen at this level.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With scoring at a premium in the playoffs, the teams with two prolific scorers are more difficult to match up against.’
      • ‘Denis Savard and Joe Mullen were two of the NHL's most prolific scorers over their careers.’
      • ‘Displaying cat-like reflexes, Beene proved she was as adept at frustrating the world's most prolific goal scorers as her more famous rival.’
      • ‘Missing some of their regular players including their prolific scorer, Thomas Doyle, they still managed to gain a point from this fixture.’
      • ‘In fact, the line-backer has been a more prolific scorer this season than many offensive players throughout the league.’
      • ‘The 27-year-old former Lugano player is a prolific scorer, and illustrated as much with two goals against the Slovakian side.’
      • ‘As the table below shows, left-handers have been far more prolific at this ground over the last four years.’
      • ‘Indian cricket has seen some of the most prolific run scorers and bowlers.’
      • ‘The lads are now calling Shaun Wright-Phillips a prolific scorer and at least it showed me that we are not one-dimensional.’
  • 2Present in large numbers or quantities; plentiful.

    ‘mahogany was once prolific in the tropical forests’
    • ‘Because of Costa Rica's small size, its prolific animals and plants are easily accessible - and quite easy to see.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Restricted movement causes increased pollution and traffic lights are becoming so prolific there must be a drain on power supplies.’
    • ‘What has changed is that this technology has become prolific.’
    • ‘Forty-six species of wildlife have been identified here and the bird life is prolific.’
    • ‘In the east of Natal, a series of game reserves offer the chance to sample some of South Africa's varied and prolific wildlife.’
    • ‘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 (of a river, area, or season of the year) characterized by plentiful wildlife or produce.
      ‘the prolific rivers and lakes of Franklin County’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Dee in Aberdeenshire, once a highly prolific spring river, continues to suffer from a dreadful lack of these big early salmon.’
      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

/prəˈlifik//prəˈlɪfɪk/