\ 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

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With Wow and Norwegian dominating the market for thrifty travelers looking to hop across the Atlantic with only a backpack and a boarding pass, analysts declared sub-$200 transatlantic flights the new normal in the summer of 2017. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Are the Discount Airlines Doomed?," 29 Mar. 2019 Mobile apps that reward thrifty behavior are among ideas that could be explored, said a person familiar with the matter. Dawn Lim, WSJ, "BlackRock, Microsoft to Build Retirement-Planning Platform," 13 Dec. 2018 Instead, stock up on these key ingredients to make thrifty dishes that are packed with nutrients. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer's Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget," 23 Jan. 2019 Vanguard continues to take a similarly thrifty approach to its business at its Malvern campus, whose plain brick buildings bear the names of warships. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "John C. Bogle, Founder of Vanguard Group, Dies at 89," 17 Jan. 2019 With a civic reputation for design and a Midwestern penchant for hospitality, Chicago hosts a bounty of hotels—from thrifty-chic to downright luxe—where form meets function meets friendliness. Elaine Glusac, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Hotels in Chicago," 27 Feb. 2018 Use the food processor to be thrifty and cut back your food waste. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Meet your favorite kitchen helper: The food processor," 23 Oct. 2018 Reddit has been known to come up with some genius beauty hacks — making long-wear lipstick more comfortable, sharpening dull tweezers — the latest of which is a thrifty treatment for ingrown hairs down there. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Redditors Swear Cosrx's BHA-Packed Blackhead Power Liquid Clears Up Ingrown Hairs," 7 Sep. 2018 Jammet sees them as a way to be thrifty and eco-friendly, too. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "Shake it up: Lots of vinaigrette options," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of thrifty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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