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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
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
1. sparing, saving. See economical. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for thriftily
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  • At other times they say a friendly miller can turn on a supply of water, else thriftily economised for his needs.

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

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • Whenever he stayed home in the evening he went to bed early, and thriftily got ahead in those dismal duties.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • 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
  • Of the lace I made a dish, on which I thriftily served up bows of ribbon, like meat on toast.

    Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott
  • Mr. Orne thriftily withheld further sympathy; it was plainly wasted.

  • 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
  • In budding, there are two requisites: a well-established and thriftily growing plant, and a well-matured eye or bud.

    Parsons on the Rose Samuel Browne Parsons
  • Never forget that a good tree grows as thriftily and surely as a poor one.

    What I know of farming: Horace Greeley
  • She had brought up a large family well and thriftily, and now in her old age and helplessness her life had no comfort in it.

    Uncle Max Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for thriftily


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 thriftily



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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