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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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Examples from the Web for unthrifty

Historical Examples

  • Thomas Kilby was an unthrifty, and rather whimsical, gentleman.

    Dealings With The Dead

    A Sexton of the Old School

  • The remainder is ragged, unthrifty sand-hills, pegged down by houses.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

  • He was careless and unthrifty, while she was quite the reverse.

  • But the best 293of officials could do little to help the unthrifty king.

  • It would be unthrifty for the son of an innkeeper to marry a girl without a sou.

British Dictionary definitions for unthrifty


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 unthrifty


late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + thrifty.

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

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