thrifty

adjective \ ˈthrif-tē \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of thrifty

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

thriftily

play \ˈthrif-tə-lē\ adverb

thriftiness

play \ˈthrif-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of thrifty in a Sentence

  1. if you are thrifty, you can find ways to decorate your room stylishly yet inexpensively

Recent Examples of thrifty from the Web

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First Known Use of thrifty

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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Synonym Discussion of 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

THRIFTY Defined for English Language Learners

thrifty

Definition of thrifty for English Language Learners

  • : managing or using money in a careful or wise way


THRIFTY Defined for Kids

thrifty

adjective \ ˈthrif-tē \

Definition of thrifty for Students

thriftier; thriftiest
: carefully and wisely managing money


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