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thrift

[thrift] /θrɪft/
noun
1.
economical management; economy; frugality.
2.
Also called thrift institution. Banking. a savings and loan association, savings bank, or credit union.
3.
Also called sea pink. any alpine and maritime plant belonging to the genus Armeria, of the leadwort family, having pink or white flowers, especially A. maritima, noted for its vigorous growth.
4.
any of various allied plants.
5.
vigorous growth, as of a plant.
6.
Obsolete, prosperity.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English < Old Norse: well being, prosperity; cf. thrive
Related forms
nonthrift, adjective
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Examples from the web for thrift
  • thrift imposed by a sickly economy is probably the principal cause.
  • The thrift that accompanies the aging of the population in a high-growth economy imposes a large cost.
  • The thrift industry is not going down without a fight.
  • thrift shops are a great resource for donating or buying used clothing.
  • thrift across the board may extend the life of our species.
  • The others had to pieced together their outfits from other costumes and purchases at thrift stores.
  • Here's a list of five things that are useless, and which you should send to the thrift store right now.
  • But thrift shopping for hobbyists has little to do with thrift and less to do with shopping in any conventional sense.
  • Search thrift stores for clothing from a different era.
  • But even record budget deficits and falling household saving could not counteract the scale of corporate thrift.
British Dictionary definitions for thrift

thrift

/θrɪft/
noun
1.
wisdom and caution in the management of money
2.
Also called sea pink. any of numerous perennial plumbaginaceous low-growing plants of the genus Armeria, esp A. maritima, of Europe, W Asia, and North America, having narrow leaves and round heads of pink or white flowers
3.
(rare) vigorous thriving or growth, as of a plant
4.
(US) a building society, savings bank, or credit union
5.
an obsolete word for prosperity
Derived Forms
thriftless, adjective
thriftlessly, adverb
thriftlessness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse: success; see thrive
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Word Origin and History for thrift
n.

c.1300, "fact or condition of thriving," also "prosperity, savings," from Middle English thriven "to thrive" (see thrive), possibly influenced by Old Norse þrift, variant of þrif "prosperity," from þrifask "to thrive." Sense of "habit of saving, economy" first recorded 1550s (thrifty in this sense is recorded from 1520s; also see spendthrift). Thrift shop attested by 1919.

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Slang definitions & phrases for thrift

three squares

noun phrase

Enough to eat; an acceptable standard of living: He isn't rich, but he gets his three squares every day/ homeless men do break the law to get ''three hots and a cot'' (1899+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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