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  1. wastefully extravagant; prodigal.

Origin of spendthrift

First recorded in 1595–1605; spend + thrift

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  1. a person who spends money in an extravagant manner
  1. (usually prenominal) of or like a spendthriftspendthrift economies

Word Origin for spendthrift

C17: from spend + thrift
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Word Origin and History for spendthrift

c.1600, from spend + thrift in sense of "savings, profits, wealth." Replaced earlier scattergood (1570s) and spend-all (1550s).

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