unthrifty

adjective
un·​thrifty | \ ˌən-ˈthrif-tē How to pronounce unthrifty (audio) \
unthriftier; unthriftiest

Definition of unthrifty

: not thrifty: such as
a : not growing vigorously : not strong or healthy … many an unthrifty malnourished animal was sent out to plow …— Maxine Kumin
b : tending to spend money wastefully unthrifty teenagers

First Known Use of unthrifty

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unthrifty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unthrifty. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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