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[thrift] /θrɪft/
economical management; economy; frugality.
Also called thrift institution. Banking. a savings and loan association, savings bank, or credit union.
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.
any of various allied plants.
vigorous growth, as of a plant.
Obsolete. prosperity.
Origin of thrift
1200-50; Middle English < Old Norse: well being, prosperity; cf. thrive
Related forms
nonthrift, adjective Unabridged
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wisdom and caution in the management of money
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
(rare) vigorous thriving or growth, as of a plant
(US) a building society, savings bank, or credit union
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

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.
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