- 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.
- entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager; scanty: a frugal meal.
Origin of frugal
Examples from the Web for frugally
It is run effectively and frugally by Walter Olson, who in his day job runs the famous Overlawyered blog.Maryland's Marriage Moment?
September 28, 2012
My model and I went out and celebrated appropriately but frugally.Southern Lights and Shadows
You must earn the money, and I will spend it frugally as we both require it.In the Roar of the Sea
Live as frugally as you can, put by every penny you can save.The Intriguers
William Le Queux
Of the latter she remarks that they do not live so frugally as the Arabs.Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century
W. H. Davenport Adams
That the boarding Scholars diet together, plainly, temperately, and frugally.Benjamin Franklin
Frank Luther Mott
- practising economy; living without waste; thrifty
- not costly; meagre
Word Origin and History for frugally
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.