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thrifty

[thrif-tee] /ˈθrɪf ti/
adjective, thriftier, thriftiest.
1.
practicing thrift or economical management; frugal:
a thrifty shopper.
2.
thriving, prosperous, or successful.
3.
thriving physically; growing vigorously.
Origin of thrifty
1325-1375
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at thrift, -y1
Related forms
thriftily, adverb
thriftiness, noun
overthriftily, adverb
overthriftiness, noun
overthrifty, adjective
unthriftily, adverb
unthriftiness, noun
unthrifty, adjective
Synonyms
1. sparing, saving. See economical.
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  • He must produce and must consume with his family, reasonably, decently and thriftily.

    Creating Capital Frederick L. Lipman
  • I tried to lure my landlady out to a movie, but she thriftily refused.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Thorkell had seen that the remains of these good viands were thriftily gathered up.

    The Deemster

    Hall Caine
  • The mat should have been buried with its owner; but, the family being poor, it was thriftily reserved for a fresh service.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Whenever he stayed home in the evening he went to bed early, and thriftily got ahead in those dismal duties.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • He had carefully hoarded about his person, and most thriftily managed, the little fortune bequeathed by his mother.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It was blue—it had been white originally, but Aunt Kittredge had thriftily had it dyed when it became soiled.

  • They forgot to switch off the electric light, leaving Maxine to do it, thriftily, between serving courses.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • The Downings had hoped to have thriftily two marriages in the family in one day, but the daughter Luce's affairs also halted.

  • Missy's father had had a comfortable little property, which had been thriftily managed, and this was now to be hers exclusively.

    Missy Miriam Coles Harris
British Dictionary definitions for thriftily

thrifty

/ˈθrɪftɪ/
adjective thriftier, thriftiest
1.
showing thrift; economical or frugal
2.
(rare) thriving or prospering
Derived Forms
thriftily, adverb
thriftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for thriftily

thrifty

adj.

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

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