AskDefine | Define prosperous

Dictionary Definition

prosperous adj
1 in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich; "they were comfortable or even wealthy by some standards"; "easy living"; "a prosperous family"; "his family is well-situated financially"; "well-to-do members of the community" [syn: comfortable, easy, well-fixed, well-heeled, well-off, well-situated, well-to-do]
2 very lively and profitable; "flourishing businesses"; "a palmy time for stockbrokers"; "a prosperous new business"; "doing a roaring trade"; "a thriving tourist center"; "did a thriving business in orchids" [syn: booming, flourishing, palmy, prospering, roaring, thriving]
3 marked by peace and prosperity; "a golden era"; "the halcyon days of the clipper trade" [syn: golden, halcyon]
4 tending to favor or bring good luck; "miracles are auspicious accidents"; "encouraging omens"; "a favorable time to ask for a raise"; "lucky stars"; "a prosperous moment to make a decision" [syn: auspicious, encouraging, favorable, favourable, lucky]

User Contributed Dictionary




prosperer, from prosperare, to cause to succeed, from prosperus, favorable, from Old Latin pro spere, according to expectation, from pro, for, and spes, hope


  1. characterized by success
    Trading Babe Ruth was far more prosperous for the Yankees than for the Red Sox.
  2. well off; affluent
    He was raised in a very prosperous household.
  3. favorable
    He chose a prosperous lottery number that evening.


Related terms


characterized by success
well off; affluent

Extensive Definition

Prosperous may refer to:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abounding in riches, affluent, appropriate, assured of success, auspicious, benign, benignant, booming, comfortable, comfortably situated, coming, convenient, crowned with success, desirable, disgustingly rich, easy, fair, fat, favorable, favoring, felicitous, flourishing, flush, fortunate, frightfully rich, full of promise, golden, good, halcyon, happy, in clover, in funds, in good case, in luxury, in the money, independent, independently rich, independently wealthy, loaded, lucky, luxurious, made, made of money, moneyed, monied, of good omen, of happy portent, of promise, on Easy Street, on the up-and-up, on top, on velvet, oofy, opportune, opulent, out in front, promising, propitious, prospering, provided for, rich, rich as Croesus, rolling in money, seasonable, snug, strong, substantial, succeeding, successful, surefire, thriving, triumphant, wallowing in wealth, warm, wealthy, well, well provided for, well-fixed, well-heeled, well-off, well-timed, well-to-do
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