Most people want the same things from Washington: a federal government that is efficient, competent, transparent, and frugal.
It could be that is exactly what frugal Pope Francis has in mind for the Bishop of Bling.
Finally, the Obama family has modeled a refreshing kind of American elegance: fashionable, fit, and frugal.
1590s, from Middle French frugal, from Latin frugalis, from undeclined adj. frugi "useful, proper, worthy, honest; temperate, economical," originally dative of frux (plural fruges) "fruit, produce," figuratively "value, result, success," related to fructus (see fruit). Sense evolved in Latin from "useful" to "profitable" to "economical." Related: Frugally.