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frugal

[ froo-guhl ]

adjective

  1. economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful:

    What your office needs is a frugal manager who can save you money without resorting to painful cutbacks.

    Synonyms: penny-pinching, tight, stingy, miserly, prudent, careful, provident, chary, thrifty

    Antonyms: profligate, prodigal, spendthrift, extravagant, wasteful

  2. entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager; scanty:

    a frugal meal.

    Synonyms: skimpy, sparing, slim, scant

    Antonyms: profuse, lavish, luxurious



frugal

/ ˈfruːɡəl /

adjective

  1. practising economy; living without waste; thrifty
  2. not costly; meagre


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Derived Forms

  • fruˈgality, noun
  • ˈfrugally, adverb
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Other Words From

  • fru·gal·i·ty [froo-, gal, -i-tee], fru·gal·ness noun
  • fru·gal·ly adverb
  • non·fru·gal adjective
  • non·fru·gal·ness noun
  • o·ver·fru·gal adjective
  • un·fru·gal adjective
  • un·fru·gal·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of frugal1

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin frūgālis “economical,” derivative of the indeclinable adjective frūgī (dative singular of frūx “produce, fruit”) + -ālis adjective suffix; fruit, -al 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of frugal1

C16: from Latin frūgālis , from frūgī useful, temperate, from frux fruit
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Synonym Study

Frugal, economical, thrifty imply careful and saving use of resources. Frugal emphasizes being saving, sometimes excessively saving, especially in such matters as food or dress: frugal almost to the point of being stingy. Economical implies prudent planning in the disposition of resources so as to avoid unnecessary waste or expense: economical in budgeting household expenditures. Thrifty is a stronger word than economical and adds to it the idea of industry and successful management: a thrifty shopper looking for bargains.
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Example Sentences

Rothschild is all-too-aware of that when it comes to space, being frugal about resources is paramount.

The former software engineer had retired six years before at the tender age of 30, thanks to the savings he’d accrued through the extremely frugal lifestyle he and his wife at the time had adhered to, as well as some smart investing.

She and her husband, both of whom are extremely frugal, make our home their annual, and only, vacation.

The Patriots of old — teams that had the benefit of the best quarterback in NFL history on the roster — were typically frugal spenders in free agency.

Be as frugal as you can, call on favors, fundraise, apply for funding.

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Even a frugal firm like Wal-Mart is enlarging its Silicon Valley presence.

Much of the praise Edwards earned for his Godzilla adaptation stemmed from his frugal use of the monster.

It could be that is exactly what frugal Pope Francis has in mind for the Bishop of Bling.

Grey played Christine, a high-class escort in New York City whose clients have become more frugal due to the financial crisis.

“My grandmother didn't die poor, but the majority of what she did was very frugal,” he says to me.

He was of frugal and temperate habits, a wiry man at the height of his physical powers, with lean flanks and a deep chest.

"He'll do until the doctor comes to-morrow," said Seth, as he presently found Barrington at the frugal meal.

They are, however, happy on account of their simple manners and frugal way of life.

Truphemy not knowing him, he was pointed out partaking of a frugal breakfast with the family.

Both were frugal men, and they now decided to invest all their funds in the scheme, which promised to make or break them.

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