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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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  • Paradoxical as it may seem, it is the poor who are the spendthrifts, and the rich who are thrifty.
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  • So we've decided to focus our latest blog carnival on budget-conscious recipes and thrifty shopping strategies.
  • Sometimes you want to live large, sometimes you need to live thrifty.
  • Logic even allows you to use your qwerty keyboard to specify notes if you're feeling especially thrifty.
  • In the past few days, though, the finance minister may have wished that he was equally thrifty with his words.
  • thrifty choices in this cabin's kitchen include a mix of open shelves and laminate cabinets.
  • It's all about possibilities, and of course about being thrifty.
  • If government was too thrifty before, it looks downright stingy in the light of new information.
  • thrifty choices in this kitchen include a mix of open shelves and laminate cabinets.
British Dictionary definitions for thrifty


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 thrifty

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

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