adjective \ˈfrü-gəl\

: careful about spending money or using things when you do not need to : using money or supplies in a very careful way

: simple and plain

Full Definition of FRUGAL

:  characterized by or reflecting economy in the use of resources
fru·gal·i·ty \frü-ˈga-lə-tē\ noun
fru·gal·ly \ˈfrü-gə-lē\ adverb

Examples of FRUGAL

  1. a frugal meal of bread and cheese
  2. <by being frugal, the family is able to stretch its monthly budget>
  3. His meals are the frugal fare of the poor: tea, bread, yogurt, a bit of cheese, vegetables. —Johanna McGeary, Time , 25 Oct. 2004

Origin of FRUGAL

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin frugalis virtuous, frugal, from frug-, frux fruit, value; akin to Latin frui to enjoy
First Known Use: 1590

Rhymes with FRUGAL


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