Definition of spendthrift in English:



  • A person who spends money in an extravagant, irresponsible way.

    • ‘Get tough with Republican spendthrifts in Congress by trimming the pork in spending bills for highways, energy, and agriculture while reminding them of core conservative fiscal principles.’
    • ‘Now that I've isolated the spendthrifts, please understand that I'm not making an argument for this record's kitsch value.’
    • ‘And only the rich and the spendthrift could afford to sleep here - or so I had thought.’
    • ‘This is a president who's the biggest spendthrift that I've seen since I've been paying attention in politics.’
    • ‘A prize draw aimed at compulsive spendthrifts has been run by a Chilean bank.’
    • ‘They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society.’
    • ‘And the Air Force career they later had didn't exactly allow them to become spendthrifts.’
    • ‘Suddenly I could appreciate the position of all those slinking spendthrifts I had rented from over the years.’
    • ‘Don't go down in history as a spendthrift, who threw away the country's wealth and squandered the opportunity to truly develop our nation.’
    • ‘In 1942, he already had a reputation as a spendthrift and a playboy, misbehaving in Brazil and frittering away the budget for another unfinished film.’
    • ‘You see, by taking the trust fund surplus - almost $151 billion in the last fiscal year - away from those wanton spendthrifts in Congress, the administration will enforce that discipline.’
    • ‘Natural selection designed us to be spendthrifts.’
    • ‘This makes them positive spendthrifts in a country where the average price of a bottle of wine is still under £4.’
    • ‘We seem to have become a nation of late bookers and seat-of-our-pants spendthrifts, incapable even of saving for our own pensions.’
    • ‘Today's gleaners are a disparate bunch: artists and activists, spendthrifts and street kids.’
    • ‘If you are a spendthrift before retiring you will be a spendthrift during retirement.’
    • ‘To give such serial spendthrifts the power of the Inland Revenue, to tax residents on the basis of their incomes, would be a dangerous move.’
    • ‘Working for a multinational and being the spendthrift that he is, he doesn't have the money to buy a laptop for himself, at least not a brand new laptop.’
    • ‘Recovering alcoholics shouldn't frequent bars nor should spendthrifts frequent mails.’
    • ‘When it comes to shopping, separate yourself from the spendthrifts in your life because the high they get from spending can be infectious and dangerous to your financial health.’
    profligate, prodigal, squanderer, waster
    profligate, improvident, thriftless, wasteful, extravagant, free-spending, prodigal, squandering
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