thriftier; thriftiest
: given to or marked by economy and good management
: thriving by industry and frugality : prosperous
: growing vigorously
thriftily adverb
thriftiness 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

Example Sentences

if you are thrifty, you can find ways to decorate your room stylishly yet inexpensively
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of thrifty was in the 14th century

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“Thrifty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


thriftier; thriftiest
: doing well because of hard work and thrift : prosperous
: growing strongly
thrifty cattle
: tending to save money
thriftily adverb

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