- economical management; economy; frugality.
- Also called thrift institution. Banking. a savings and loan association, savings bank, or credit union.
- Also called sea pink. 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 allied plants.
- vigorous growth, as of a plant.
- Obsolete. prosperity.
Origin of thrift
Related Wordsfrugality, austerity, prudence, saving, carefulness, providence, thriftiness, parsimony, stinginess
Examples from the Web for thrift
Would you know the rapper Macklemore's other half if he showed up at your thrift shop?Viral Video of the Day: Who Is Ryan Lewis?
The Daily Beast Video
June 3, 2014
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
It's mostly a mix of vintage, thrift, and very accessible retail.'Girls' Costume Designer Jenn Rogien Talks Season 3 Style
January 12, 2014
“I picked up the canvas and took it up to the lady in the thrift store,” she told news outlets at the time.Why We Should Raffle Off More Art
December 20, 2013
Following on the heels of the Harding scandals, he offered clean government based on thrift.Does Calvin Coolidge Deserve a Reassessment?
February 15, 2013
If he felt a respect for her thrift it was completely unacknowledged.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Does not this thrift prove that anxiety for the morrow is not after all quite unknown here?'Freeland
Its main market was at Bruges in Flanders, which was then a bee-hive of industry and thrift.The Railroad Question
For thrift, grit and perseverance, are a few of the rough grains in his character.The Book of Khalid
This is closely related to character and morality, to thrift and success.Rural Life and the Rural School
- 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
Word Origin and History for thrift
c.1300, "fact or condition of thriving," also "prosperity, savings," from Middle English thriven "to thrive" (see thrive), possibly influenced by Old Norse þrift, variant of þrif "prosperity," from þrifask "to thrive." Sense of "habit of saving, economy" first recorded 1550s (thrifty in this sense is recorded from 1520s; also see spendthrift). Thrift shop attested by 1919.