adjective fru·gal \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

Synonym Discussion of FRUGAL

sparing, frugal, thrifty, economical mean careful in the use of one's money or resources. sparing stresses abstention and restraint <sparing in the offering of advice>. frugal implies absence of luxury and simplicity of lifestyle <ran a frugal household>. thrifty stresses good management and industry <thrifty use of nonrenewable resources>. economical stresses prudent management, lack of wastefulness, and use of things to their best advantage <an economical health-care plan>.

Rhymes with FRUGAL

FRUGALLY Defined for Kids


adjective fru·gal \ˈfrü-gəl\

Definition of FRUGAL for Kids

:  careful in spending or using supplies
:  simple and without unnecessary things <a frugal meal>
fru·gal·ly adverb


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