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spendthrift

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noun spend·thrift \ˈspen(d)-ˌthrift\

Simple Definition of spendthrift

  • : a person who spends money in a careless or wasteful way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spendthrift

  1. :  a person who spends improvidently or wastefully

spendthrift adjective

Examples of spendthrift in a sentence

  1. <the spendthrift managed to blow all of his inheritance in a single year>



Did You Know?

One sense of thrift is "careful management especially of money," and spendthrift was coined in the late 16th century to refer to someone who recklessly flouts such efforts. Synonyms of spendthrift include prodigal, waster, and wastrel. Prodigal also has the suggestion of such enthusiastic waste that it would deplete even the most lavish resources, whereas both waster and wastrel imply that in addition to wastefulness, the person has such dramatic character flaws as to be a good-for-nothing and a drain upon the community.

1584

First Known Use of spendthrift

1584


SPENDTHRIFT Defined for Kids

spendthrift

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noun spend·thrift \ˈspend-ˌthrift\

Definition of spendthrift for Students

  1. :  a person who uses up money wastefully




Law Dictionary

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spendthrift

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noun spend·thrift \ˈspend-ˌthrift\

Legal Definition of spendthrift

  1. :  a person who spends money foolishly, profusely, or wastefully




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spendthrift

adjective spend·thrift

Legal Definition of spendthrift

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being a spendthrift

  2. 2 :  of or relating to a spendthrift trust





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