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[thrift-lis] /ˈθrɪft lɪs/
without thrift; improvident; wasteful.
Archaic. useless or pointless.
Origin of thriftless
1350-1400; Middle English: unsuccessful. See thrift, -less
Related forms
thriftlessly, adverb
thriftlessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was a thriftless old door, such as bachelors kept, she murmured.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • They were intemperate and thriftless, and passed the voyage in disorder.

  • He charges him with being deficient in business management and thriftless.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Not a word is left unsaid that can flatter the criminal or encourage the thriftless.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • "We have all been thriftless and careless, my lady," he said.

    The Rake's Progress Marjorie Bowen
  • If ever there was a poor, moithering, thriftless thing, it's that mother of yours.

    Trevlyn Hold Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Was it likely, then, that she ever would have spoken to three thriftless knaves?

    The Laughing Cavalier Baroness Orczy
  • The thriftless porcupine destroyed a tree for every morning meal.

  • And those who were unfortunate were not always the lazy or thriftless.

    Hebrew Life and Times Harold B. Hunting
  • Meredosia was a forlorn, thriftless place, and he had no money to travel.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson

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