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[spend-thrift] /ˈspɛndˌθrɪft/
a person who spends possessions or money extravagantly or wastefully; prodigal.
wastefully extravagant; prodigal.
Origin of spendthrift
1595-1605; spend + thrift
2. wasteful, improvident, profligate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for spendthrift
  • His spendthrift ways with our money were replaced with miserly ways with his own.
  • spendthrift provisions often prevent a beneficiary from selling or transferring their ownership interest in the trust.
  • And politicians, spendthrift as some may be, are not the main source of the problem.
  • There are those with spendthrift genotypes and those with thrifty genotypes.
  • But new data seem to show that people are not nearly as spendthrift and heedless of the future as is commonly believed.
  • Quite right too, say those with traditional distaste for the spendthrift.
  • He's in poor health and the spendthrift habits he picked up during his glory years have left him deep in debt.
  • spendthrift people with high incomes can have a negative net worth, and thus surely not count as rich in any meaningful sense.
  • The commission's response has been to seek more power to monitor countries' fiscal policies and penalise the spendthrift.
  • Inflation was tamed, and spendthrift local and federal governments were required by law to rein in their debts.
British Dictionary definitions for spendthrift


a person who spends money in an extravagant manner
(usually prenominal) of or like a spendthrift: spendthrift economies
Word Origin
C17: from spend + thrift
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Word Origin and History for spendthrift

c.1600, from spend + thrift in sense of "savings, profits, wealth." Replaced earlier scattergood (1570s) and spend-all (1550s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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