Origin of frugal
Examples from the Web for frugal
Even a frugal firm like Wal-Mart is enlarging its Silicon Valley presence.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay|Joel Kotkin|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Much of the praise Edwards earned for his Godzilla adaptation stemmed from his frugal use of the monster.The Cult of Boba Fett: The ‘Star Wars’ Bounty Hunter’s Spin-Off|Rich Goldstein|June 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It could be that is exactly what frugal Pope Francis has in mind for the Bishop of Bling.
Most people want the same things from Washington: a federal government that is efficient, competent, transparent, and frugal.
I am frugal to the point of cheapness—when out to dinner with friends, I used to contribute only for the dishes I had ordered.
She spent hardly any money on herself, and was almost as frugal now as she had been in her father's house.The Darling and Other Stories|Anton Chekhov
They reached the inn and repaired to the bar parlour, and over the frugal meal he continued his explanation.Too Old for Dolls|Anthony Mario Ludovici
By the death of his f. he inherited a competency on which he was able to live in frugal elegance, not unmixed with eccentricity.A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature|John W. Cousin
One year before when Mr. Mitchell's bill was seven thousand dollars, Mr. Croker, being in a frugal mood, felt excessively pained.The Onlooker, Volume 1, Part 2|Various
The indelicate rapacity of the poet produced its natural effect on the severe and frugal King.Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)|Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for frugal
Word Origin for frugal
Word Origin and History for frugal
1590s, from Middle French frugal, from Latin frugalis, from undeclined adj. frugi "useful, proper, worthy, honest; temperate, economical," originally dative of frux (plural fruges) "fruit, produce," figuratively "value, result, success," related to fructus (see fruit). Sense evolved in Latin from "useful" to "profitable" to "economical." Related: Frugally.