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 EnglishRelated 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
word dating back to 1325–75;
see origin at thrift
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.
I tried to lure my landlady out to a movie, but she thriftily refused.
Thorkell had seen that the remains of these good viands were thriftily gathered up.
The mat should have been buried with its owner; but, the family being poor, it was thriftily reserved for a fresh service.
Whenever he stayed home in the evening he went to bed early, and thriftily got ahead in those dismal duties.
British Dictionary definitions for thriftily
adjective thriftier or thriftiest
Derived Formsthriftily, adverbthriftiness, noun
showing thrift; economical or frugal
rare thriving or prospering
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Word Origin and History for thriftily
late 14c., from thrift + -y (2). Related: Thriftily; thriftiness.
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