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[froo-guh l] /ˈfru gəl/
economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful:
What your office needs is a frugal manager who can save you money without resorting to painful cutbacks.
entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager; scanty:
a frugal meal.
Synonyms: scant, slim, sparing, skimpy.
Antonyms: luxurious, lavish, profuse.
Origin of frugal
1590-1600; < Latin frūgālis economical, equivalent to frūg- (stem of frūx produce, fruit) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
frugality, frugalness, noun
frugally, adverb
nonfrugal, adjective
nonfrugally, adverb
nonfrugalness, noun
overfrugal, adjective
overfrugally, adverb
unfrugal, adjective
unfrugally, adverb
unfrugalness, noun
Synonym Study
Economical, thrifty, frugal imply careful and saving use of resources. Economical implies prudent planning in the disposition of resources so as to avoid unnecessary waste or expense: economical in budgeting household expenditures. Thrifty is a stronger word than economical, and adds to it the idea of industry and successful management: a thrifty shopper looking for bargains. Frugal emphasizes being saving, sometimes excessively saving, especially in such matters as food or dress: frugal almost to the point of being stingy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for frugally
  • But if you can live frugally or have a little supplemental income, you can find a pleasing balance between work and life.
  • We live frugally and aren't rich by any means, but we're not going into debt.
  • The car you have has had a lot of resources put into it, use it frugally and for as long as possible.
  • Everything is frugally pared down to the barest minimum.
  • They may live frugally and hoard what they have, or dissipate it in a wild spree.
  • He lives frugally, does not drink or smoke and seems baffled by the idea of time spent not working.
  • They were obliged to live frugally, rise early, put on a suit every day and tirelessly accost strangers.
  • It has spent frugally and made careful use of its natural advantages, such as its prime position astride important trade routes.
  • Or your seventh-grader who has a taste for designer styles might offer really good tips on living more frugally.
  • Although many leisure travelers spend more money than they would in their everyday life, others might choose to travel frugally.
British Dictionary definitions for frugally


practising economy; living without waste; thrifty
not costly; meagre
Derived Forms
frugality, frugalness, noun
frugally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin frūgālis, from frūgī useful, temperate, from frux fruit
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Word Origin and History for frugally



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.

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