the quality of being frugal, or prudent in saving; the lack of wastefulness: Many people who have lived through periods of economic deprivation develop lifelong habits of frugality and are almost never tempted by wasteful consumption.

Also fru·gal·ness [froo-guh l-nis] /ˈfru gəl nɪs/.
Related formsnon·fru·gal·i·ty, nouno·ver·fru·gal·i·ty, nounun·fru·gal·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of frugality

Historical Examples of frugality

  • Frugality is not only the basis of quiet, but of beneficence.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Frugality and industry will go a great way towards indemnifying us.

    Benjamin Franklin

    Paul Elmer More

  • She had to put the screw on herself to outdo him in frugality.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • Since the world began, industry and frugality have been rewarded by wealth.

  • Lucullus, when frugality could charm, Had roasted turnips in the Sabine farm.

    Essay on Man

    Alexander Pope

Word Origin and History for frugality

1530s, from Middle French frugalité (14c.), from Latin frugalitatem (nominative frugalitas) "thriftiness, temperance, frugality," from frugalis (see frugal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper