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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
Warren County officials have long boasted about being frugal with taxpayer money, and the county made national news earlier this decade for its lack of debt.
Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images While the ’84 Summer Games are often held up as a model for frugal management, LA’s first time hosting, in 1932, offers a similarly compelling story.
Gabriel played the eerily zoned-out maid in Get Out, and Upgrade is another Blumhouse Production, which is to say, frugal.
The fanatically frugal can reserve a spot 18 months in advance to take advantage of deeper discounts.
For the Romanov family at the Ipatiev House, Tuesday July 16 in Ekaterinburg was much like any other day, punctuated by the same frugal meals, brief periods of recreation in the garden, reading and games of cards.
Sanders hasn’t been particularly frugal with his endorsements.
Sanford has proven to be a talented campaigner, despite being notoriously frugal.
However, it is believed the fee Chelsea would want for him would be too much for the notoriously frugal Newcastle, meaning manager Rafa Benitez must now move on and assess other potential targets.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of frugal
- sparing in the offering of advice
- ran a frugal household
- thrifty use of nonrenewable resources
- an economical health-care plan
FRUGAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of frugal for English Language Learners
: 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
FRUGAL Defined for Kids
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