adjective, thrift·i·er, thrift·i·est.

practicing thrift or economical management; frugal: a thrifty shopper.
thriving, prosperous, or successful.
thriving physically; growing vigorously.

Origin of thrifty

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at thrift, -y1
Related formsthrift·i·ly, adverbthrift·i·ness, nouno·ver·thrift·i·ly, adverbo·ver·thrift·i·ness, nouno·ver·thrift·y, adjectiveun·thrift·i·ly, adverbun·thrift·i·ness, nounun·thrift·y, adjective

Synonyms for thrifty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thriftily

Historical Examples of thriftily

  • He must produce and must consume with his family, reasonably, decently and thriftily.

    Creating Capital

    Frederick L. Lipman

  • I tried to lure my landlady out to a movie, but she thriftily refused.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • Thorkell had seen that the remains of these good viands were thriftily gathered up.

    The Deemster

    Hall Caine

  • The mat should have been buried with its owner; but, the family being poor, it was thriftily reserved for a fresh service.

    In the South Seas

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Whenever he stayed home in the evening he went to bed early, and thriftily got ahead in those dismal duties.


    Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for thriftily


adjective thriftier or thriftiest

showing thrift; economical or frugal
rare thriving or prospering
Derived Formsthriftily, adverbthriftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for thriftily



late 14c., from thrift + -y (2). Related: Thriftily; thriftiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper