frugalness

frugal

[froo-guhl]
adjective
1.
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. thrifty, chary, provident, careful, prudent, penny-wise, scrimping; miserly, Scotch, penny-pinching. wasteful, extravagant, spendthrift, prodigal, profligate.
2.
entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager; scanty: a frugal meal. scant, slim, sparing, skimpy. luxurious, lavish, profuse.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin frūgālis economical, equivalent to frūg- (stem of frūx produce, fruit) + -ālis -al1

frugality, frugalness, noun
frugally, adverb
nonfrugal, adjective
nonfrugally, adverb
nonfrugalness, noun
overfrugal, adjective
overfrugally, adverb
unfrugal, adjective
unfrugally, adverb
unfrugalness, noun


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.
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frugality

[froo-gal-i-tee]
noun
the quality of being frugal, or prudent in saving; the lack of wastefulness: Many people who have lived through periods of economic deprivation develop lifelong habits of frugality and are almost never tempted by wasteful consumption.
Also, frugalness [froo-guhl-nis] .

nonfrugality, noun
overfrugality, noun
unfrugality, noun
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frugal (ˈfruːɡəl)
 
adj
1.  practising economy; living without waste; thrifty
2.  not costly; meagre
 
[C16: from Latin frūgālis, from frūgī useful, temperate, from frux fruit]
 
fru'gality
 
n
 
'frugalness
 
n
 
'frugally
 
adv

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frugal
1590s, from M.Fr. frugal, from L. frugalis, from undeclined adj. frugi "economical, useful, proper," originally dat. of frux (pl. fruges) "fruit, profit, value," related to fructus (see fruit). Sense evolved in L. from "useful" to "profitable" to "economical." Related: Frugally.

frugality
1530s, from Fr. frugalité, from L. frugalitatem, from frugalis (see frugal).
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