\ 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

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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 When a super-thrifty saver died in the past, a beneficiary who inherited his or her IRA or 401(k) had been able to use something called a stretch IRA. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Some retirees feeling less secure about tax rule changes in Secure Act," 15 Jan. 2020 In a bid to be relatable—or perhaps just thrifty—Kate Middleton, Queen Letizia, and Meghan Markle regularly rewear their designer fare. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "16 Times Stars Rewore Their Red Carpet Looks," 9 Jan. 2020 Featuring salty-sweet party snacks, rich (but thrifty!) lobster pasta, and gooey chocolate cookies! Jesse Sparks, Bon Appétit, "The 10 Most Popular Recipes in December," 31 Dec. 2019 In addition to being thrifty, Gordon was an early investor in Nordstrom, Microsoft and Starbucks, Jacobs told the Guardian. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "She never attended a university, but her estate will give nearly $10 million to community colleges," 28 Dec. 2019 Angus Gunn: Here's one for the thrifty amongst you., "Premier League Fantasy Football: Who's Hot and Who's Not in Gameweek 6," 20 Sep. 2019 Night at the Museums Saturday, Nov. 2, 5-10 p.m. This annual tradition is the best art-thrifty opportunity of the year and — if tackled strategically — could save a culture-friendly family hundreds of dollars. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Free museums, discount theater and Night Lights: Our picks from Denver Arts Week 2019," 1 Nov. 2019 Jacobs Pavilion, 2014 Sycamore, Cleveland Saturday, 7 p.m. Cleveland Flea Fall Market The Fall Flea brings your favorite artisanal goods, crafty creations and thrifty finds back to Tyler Village this weekend. Joey Morona, cleveland, "Pepsi’s Believeland tailgate party and 10 more things to do in Cleveland this weekend," 21 Sep. 2019 German tycoons are also thriftier than their peers elsewhere. The Economist, "The Mittelstand’s corporate success comes at a cost," 1 Aug. 2019

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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 22 Feb. 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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