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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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  • Such reckoning, of course, only holds good of thrifty, homely France.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The industrious and thrifty would be at the mercy of the lazy and wicked.

  • A caterer's thrifty concession to the universal passion for irresponsibility.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • She declared she was thrifty, but neither a miser, nor a kidnaper, nor a witch.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • How neat she was, how thrifty, how comfortable, and how comforting!

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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