\ 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 thrifty (audio) \ adverb
thriftiness \ ˈthrif-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce thrifty (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 The draft also tells families to be thrifty and encourages good study habits in kids. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 Instead, a scroll through social platforms like Douban suggests economic uncertainty and the pandemic have underscored the value of having a thrifty lifestyle. Jane Li, Quartz, 15 Oct. 2021 Her version of this flexible, thrifty dish showcases a defining cooking technique of Asian cuisine. Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2021 The second-hand fashion apparel assortments address the customer desire for fashion while being both thrifty and more aware of the issue of waste and its impact on the environment. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Both are thrifty casseroles thought to have originated with people living in the country, and both share the same concept: A starchy, filling topping over inexpensive meat. Washington Post, 12 July 2021 Philo is one of the cheapest options available for cord-cutters, costing a thrifty $25 per month to subscribe. oregonlive, 12 Aug. 2021 Foresters wanted to get rid of deep, dark, dank, decadent old-growth forests, to make room for thrifty young stands: Such was the thinking as recently as a generation ago, Franklin recounts. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 18 July 2021 Both O’Shaughnessy and her daughter are enthusiastic recyclers of reusable materials and thrifty shoppers at yard sales and on online sites. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2021

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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 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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