economical management; economy; frugality: My father valued thrift, hard work, and self-sufficiency.Memories of her thrift and capability inspire me.
Also called thrift in·sti·tu·tion [thriftin-sti-too-shuhn, -tyoo-] /ˈθrɪft ɪn stɪˌtu ʃən, -ˌtyu-/ .Banking. a savings and loan association, savings bank, or credit union: To help the thrifts survive, Congress deregulated the industry, lifting restrictions on the kinds of loans they could make.
Also called sea pink [see-pingk] /ˈsi ˌpɪŋk/ . any alpine and maritime plant belonging to the genus Armeria, of the leadwort family, having pink or white flowers, especially A. maritima, noted for its vigorous growth.
any of various similar or related plants.
vigorous growth, as of a plant.
to buy secondhand, as at a thrift store: I thrifted these purple suede pumps for ten bucks.
- non·thrift, adjective
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How to use thrift in a sentence
The secondhand clothing market is composed of two major categories, thrift stores and resale platforms.Secondhand Clothing Sales Are Booming – And May Help Solve The Sustainability Crisis In The Fashion Industry | LGBTQ-Editor | November 25, 2020 | No Straight News
Once I knew we were going to open Gado Gado, I could finally get all this thrift store stuff that I’ve wanted to buy for forever.How to Bring This Portland Restaurant’s Colorful Outdoor Oasis to Your Home | Emma Orlow | October 30, 2020 | Eater
Community cookbooks are not particularly difficult to find, especially on auction sites like eBay and the shelves of thrift stores.The Joy of Cooking Other People’s ‘Secret Family Recipes’ | Amy McCarthy | September 11, 2020 | Eater
When shoppers think of secondhand stores, they might think of consignment stores, and they might think of thrift shops.The CEO striving to make vintage, secondhand clothing as popular as fast fashion | Rachel King | September 6, 2020 | Fortune
While some items will get a second life by way of a thrift store, it all eventually makes its way to a landfill, where the synthetic materials in many clothes can take centuries to break down.Scientists Gene-Hack Cotton Plants to Make Them Every Color of the Rainbow | Jason Dorrier | August 11, 2020 | Singularity Hub
But collective bargaining has always been a harder sell than a solo thrift-store-to-YSL story.
The random goods at this warzone thrift store are constantly changing… primarily office and cleaning supplies.Downsizing the War: Layoffs and Yard Sales in Afghanistan | Nick Willard | August 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Would you know the rapper Macklemore's other half if he showed up at your thrift shop?
But the “thrift Shop” rapper initially seemed shocked that people could somehow interpret his get-up as offensive.Macklemore, the Grammy Winning Rapper, Is a 9/11 Truther Who Likes to Play Anti-Semitic Dress-Up | Emily Shire, Marlow Stern | May 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It's mostly a mix of vintage, thrift, and very accessible retail.'Girls' Costume Designer Jenn Rogien Talks Season 3 Style | Erin Cunningham | January 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I fear she was often shocked at our easy Saxon ways, though Tom and I thought ourselves models of thrift.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The starting wage for adolescents is often somewhat high, and thrift is not practised by them.Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents | Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
There is not much luxury and there is a fair amount of thrift, while frugality of living is common, especially among the populace.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
By individual thrift Society accumulates, and it is wise to encourage thrift.The Inhumanity of Socialism | Edward F. Adams
They did not belong to the race which too frequently make thrift a vice, but were descendants of one the world counts thriftless.The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts
British Dictionary definitions for thrift
wisdom and caution in the management of money
Also called: sea pink any of numerous perennial plumbaginaceous low-growing plants of the genus Armeria, esp A. maritima, of Europe, W Asia, and North America, having narrow leaves and round heads of pink or white flowers
rare vigorous thriving or growth, as of a plant
US a building society, savings bank, or credit union
an obsolete word for prosperity
- thriftless, adjective
- thriftlessly, adverb
- thriftlessness, noun
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