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adjective, thrift·i·er, thrift·i·est.
  1. practicing thrift or economical management; frugal: a thrifty shopper.
  2. thriving, prosperous, or successful.
  3. thriving physically; growing vigorously.
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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

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Historical Examples of thriftiness

  • And who could deny, knowing the thriftiness of the Italian race, that it is economical?

    The Italian Cook Book

    Maria Gentile

  • But they took from it all they could in thriftiness and saving.

  • It must be admitted that simplicity is not meanness, nor thriftiness a fault.

    The Hindoos as they Are

    Shib Chunder Bose

  • And my thriftiness denied my tears the soiling of the blouse.

  • The extravagance of the United States is often contrasted unfavorably with the thriftiness of Europe.

British Dictionary definitions for thriftiness


adjective thriftier or thriftiest
  1. showing thrift; economical or frugal
  2. rare thriving or prospering
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Derived Formsthriftily, adverbthriftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for thriftiness



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

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