- a person who spends possessions or money extravagantly or wastefully; prodigal.
- wastefully extravagant; prodigal.
Origin of spendthrift
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2. wasteful, improvident, profligate.
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Examples from the Web for spendthrift
“We are, both you and I, equally thoughtless, spendthrift and extravagant … We are damned poor,” he wrote her in 1898.This Week’s Hot Reads: May 29, 2012
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Despite all this, Andrew still allows the spendthrift Fergie, NFI at the Royal Wedding, to live with him when she is England.Intrigue and Plot Over Andrew's Indian Visit
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If this is a pinchpenny conservative, what is a spendthrift liberal?How Obama Can Buy Off Mitch McConnell
January 11, 2009
He had acquired this from his mother's teachings and his father's spendthrift ways.The Boy Life of Napoleon
The three distinguished characters were a spendthrift, a bailiff, and a dun.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
In his youth he was a spendthrift and paid no heed to his property.The Chinese Fairy Book
As you say, he seemed to be a ruler, but was only a spendthrift.The Republic
Even then, his style should not be the spendthrift waste they say he is fond of.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
- a person who spends money in an extravagant manner
- (usually prenominal) of or like a spendthriftspendthrift economies
C17: from spend + thrift
Word Origin and History for spendthrift
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