Origin of saving

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at save1, -ing2, -ing1
Related formssav·ing·ly, adverbnon·sav·ing, adjectiveun·sav·ing, adjectiveun·sav·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for saving

2. restoring, redemptory, qualifying.
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Contemporary Examples of savings

Historical Examples of savings

  • Will you take care of some money for me until I get a chance to deposit it in the savings bank?

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Then what have you been doing with your savings all these years?

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Do you think, if I were alive, I would let any man rob me of the savings of my life?

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The captain had assured him that neither his wife nor son knew aught of his savings.

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    Horatio Alger

  • I have left a separate fund in a savings bank for her to draw upon.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for savings

saving

adjective

tending to save or preserve
redeeming or compensating (esp in the phrase saving grace)
thrifty or economical
law denoting or relating to an exception or reservationa saving clause in an agreement

noun

preservation or redemption, esp from loss or danger
economy or avoidance of waste
reduction in cost or expenditurea saving of 100 dollars
anything saved
(plural) money saved for future use
law an exception or reservation

preposition

with the exception of

conjunction

except
Derived Formssavingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for savings
n.

"money saved," 1737, plural of saving, vwerbal noun from save (v.). Related: Savings account attested by 1882; savings bank, 1817. S & L for savings and loan attested from 1951.

saving

prep.

late 14c., from safe (adj.); see save (prep.).

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