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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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  • Unabashed he seemed to take a pride in the spendthrift race he had run.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • He had acquired this from his mother's teachings and his father's spendthrift ways.

  • His talents were more than respectable, his life was irreproachable, he was wealthy and yet not a spendthrift.

    Dorothy's Double G. A. Henty
  • As you say, he seemed to be a ruler, but was only a spendthrift.

    The Republic Plato
  • You expect me to advance hundreds of dollars, made by working early and late, to support a spendthrift son!

    Do and Dare Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Even then, his style should not be the spendthrift waste they say he is fond of.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • What hold can this spendthrift gamester have upon the woman—his partner in the crime?

    The Lady of Lynn Walter Besant
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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