\ 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 He’s in his 30s, too, but deserves much better than the savvy, thrifty two-year deal the Yankees gave him — even though the Yankees have rarely played in the top end of the free-agent market. Bradford William Davis,, "The Yankees can fix everything that went wrong with this team, if they want to," 11 Oct. 2020 The beggars would learn useful trades, the prostitutes would become thrifty housewives, the bullfighters would take to raising fat steers for the market. John Dos Passos, National Review, "Reminiscences of a Middle-Class Radical," 28 Sep. 2020 Is notoriously thrifty Germany starting to fall under the spell of cheap, easy credit? Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Why last week’s great tech sell-off should make investors wary," 8 Sep. 2020 Skipper looked around her apartment for something as small and thrifty as a paper clip and settled on a bobby pin. Cathy Free, Washington Post, "A guy once swapped a paper clip to get a house. This woman is trying to do the same.," 20 Aug. 2020 Aiding, say, thrifty Estonia after nearly 50 years of Soviet occupation was one thing; being made to pay for Italy’s perennial failure to get its house in order is quite another. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The EU’s Slow, Sneaky Attempt to Engineer a Fiscal Union," 18 Aug. 2020 The points of the Scout Law are trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Dallas News, "Leadership for life: Scouting with the Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for growth and responsibility," 5 Aug. 2020 Spend your thrifty weekend enjoying nature, a small-town atmosphere, history, and shopping in places like Shepherdstown, a picturesque college community. Travel + Leisure, "8 Affordable Weekend Getaways Around the U.S.," 10 July 2020 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

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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 28 Nov. 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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