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Examples of frugal in a Sentence
- His meals are the frugal fare of the poor: tea, bread, yogurt, a bit of cheese, vegetables. —Johanna McGeary, Time, 25 Oct. 2004
- Like frugal cooks everywhere, Cajun cooks from generations past found plenty of ways to use every part of the animals they raised. —Jeremy Sauer, Cook's Country, June 1995
- In a frugal white frame house of tiny rooms that shook with every passing freight train, five boys of German immigrant background had grown up at the turn of the twentieth century. —Robert D. Kaplan, An Empire Wilderness, 1988
a frugal meal of bread and cheese
by being frugal, the family is able to stretch its monthly budget
Recent Examples of frugal from the Web
The harmony of heat and coldness showcase the yin and yang of this frugal but filling meal.
In the ad, Romney uses Utah as a model for the country: The people are decent, hard-working, and frugal.
Italy's Serie A hit a five-year low for spending during a frugal January transfer window which closed Wednesday night with ten-times less cash splashed than in the English Premier League.
Italians simmer the rind into stews, braises and every soup; frugal cooks even dry it afterward to use again and again. Tightly wrap rinds and refrigerate or freeze.
Nissan Kicks The Kicks, which just made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, has the right combination for success in the small SUV category: a peppy yet frugal engine, maximum inside space and lots of connectivity options.
Kieffer appears poised to avoid that fate because of her stable employment history and frugal spending habits.
Get creative Using craft supplies to put personality on display and share holiday spirit, not germs, is a frugal and fun way to dress up the drinks.
If times were tough, frugal children gave Santa a price list comparison of local department stores.
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frugal Has Surprising Roots
Those who are frugal are unwilling to (lavishly) enjoy the fruits of their labors, so it may surprise you to learn that frugal ultimately derives from the Latin frux, meaning "fruit" or "value," and is even a distant cousin of the Latin word for "enjoy" (frui). The connection between fruit/value and restraint was first made in Latin; the Middle French word that English speakers eventually adopted as frugal came from the Latin adjective frugalis, a frux descendant meaning "virtuous" or "frugal." Although English speakers adopted frugal by the late 16th century, they were already lavishly supplied with earlier coinages to denote the idea, including sparing and thrifty.
Origin and Etymology of frugal
First Known Use: 1590See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of frugal
- sparing in the offering of advice
- ran a frugal household
- thrifty use of nonrenewable resources
- an economical health-care plan
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