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[thrif-tee] /ˈθrɪf ti/
adjective, thriftier, thriftiest.
practicing thrift or economical management; frugal:
a thrifty shopper.
thriving, prosperous, or successful.
thriving physically; growing vigorously.
Origin of thrifty
1325-75; Middle English; see thrift, -y1
Related forms
thriftily, adverb
thriftiness, noun
overthriftily, adverb
overthriftiness, noun
overthrifty, adjective
unthriftily, adverb
unthriftiness, noun
unthrifty, adjective
1. sparing, saving. See economical. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for thriftiness
Historical Examples
  • No one can visit the environs of Murcia without being impressed by the extraordinary industry and thriftiness of its people.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • But they took from it all they could in thriftiness and saving.

    A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Not to spend more than twenty thousand francs in three months was the quintessence of thriftiness.

  • The extravagance of the United States is often contrasted unfavorably with the thriftiness of Europe.

  • It must be admitted that simplicity is not meanness, nor thriftiness a fault.

    The Hindoos as they Are Shib Chunder Bose
  • This pioneer ideal of thriftiness persisted among the Iowans for more than a generation.

    History of the Constitutions of Iowa Benjamin F. Shambaugh
  • And who could deny, knowing the thriftiness of the Italian race, that it is economical?

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • At such times we become very solicitous of the thriftiness of our men.

  • thriftiness comes in, and she was given a pair of sheets to cover up her gowns with.

    Mary Tudor, Queen of France Mary Croom Brown
  • thriftiness for works of charity is a great and necessary duty, though covetous thriftiness for the love of riches be a great sin.

British Dictionary definitions for thriftiness


adjective thriftier, thriftiest
showing thrift; economical or frugal
(rare) thriving or prospering
Derived Forms
thriftily, adverb
thriftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for thriftiness



late 14c., from thrift + -y (2). Related: Thriftily; thriftiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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