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
Word Origin 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.