\ ˈthrif-tē How to pronounce thrifty (audio) \
thriftier; thriftiest

Definition of thrifty

1 : given to or marked by economy and good management
2 : thriving by industry and frugality : prosperous
3 : growing vigorously

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Other Words from thrifty

thriftily \ ˈthrif-​tə-​lē How to pronounce thriftily (audio) \ adverb
thriftiness \ ˈthrif-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce thriftiness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for thrifty

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

Examples of thrifty in a Sentence

if you are thrifty, you can find ways to decorate your room stylishly yet inexpensively
Recent Examples on the Web Based on our thrifty journey from home, the conservative range gauge now promises 43 miles. Barry Winfield, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1997 General Motors EV1 Proves to Be the Start of Something Big," 24 June 2020 Her guests—who include her thrifty Aunt TC and her brassy mother, Patricia—are bold, fun, and refreshingly unfiltered. Priya Krishna, Southern Living, "Kardea Brown Honors Gullah Cuisine and Her Family’s Traditions," 17 June 2020 Recipes run the gamut from quick-cooking to slow-simmering, thrifty to indulgent. Susan Puckett, ajc, "Big names share recipes to benefit restaurant workers," 10 June 2020 Nourish columnist Ellie Krieger shares a recipe for adding beans to a baked lemon potato dish, making a side dish into a thrifty, healthy entrée. Katie Workman, The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food: We're here to answer all your cooking questions and talk about intentional leftovers, difficulties for black chefs, this week's recipes and more.," 10 June 2020 Quiet, comfortable, thrifty and clean The Sonata hybrid is smooth, comfortable and easy to drive. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Hyundai Sonata hybrid delivers 52 mpg, surprising features," 28 May 2020 Besides guarding against a potential slide in prices, there other reasons millennials are being thrifty about home purchases: Experiences over things Young people value other things, like experiences, above owning a home. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "How to buy a home, millennial style," 11 June 2019 Joe Yonan’s Weeknight Vegetarian column featured a thrifty recipe, too. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food: We're here to answer all your cooking questions about baking substitutions, trendy coffee, oyster deliveries, and recipes from mom!," 6 May 2020 But still, steep prices don't have to lock out drivers on the thrifty side. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar iRacing: A look at the drivers' different competition setups for Saturday's race," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of thrifty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Thrifty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of thrifty

: managing or using money in a careful or wise way


\ ˈthrif-tē How to pronounce thrifty (audio) \
thriftier; thriftiest

Kids Definition of thrifty

: carefully and wisely managing money

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