[ thrift-lis ]
See synonyms for: thriftlessthriftlessly on

  1. without thrift; improvident; wasteful.

  2. Archaic. useless or pointless.

Origin of thriftless

1350–1400; Middle English: unsuccessful. See thrift, -less

Other words from thriftless

  • thrift·less·ly, adverb
  • thrift·less·ness, noun

Words Nearby thriftless Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use thriftless in a sentence

  • She is tidy enough, but very thriftless—mean, without the power of being economical.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • 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
  • Not a word is left unsaid that can flatter the criminal or encourage the thriftless.

    American Sketches | Charles Whibley
  • Merchant Jack is a thriftless beggar at best, and who could have foreseen wintry weather like this?

    The Moving Finger | Mary Gaunt
  • They will be a thousand times more happy and useful than in leading listless and thriftless lives.