Definition of thrifty in English:



  • 1(of a person or their behavior) using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully.

    • ‘Despite meagre wages she had been thrifty and had saved money towards going to Chiang Mai University, gaining her teaching degree in 1976.’
    • ‘People who save see others as wasteful while people who spend see others as thrifty.’
    • ‘The movement started in 2002 in Spain, where thrifty followers staged choreographed shopping-mall stunts like looting clothes from one store and returning them to another or wearing them back for flash fashion shows.’
    • ‘The Scout Law declares a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.’
    • ‘Living on imported food was not a thrifty way to spend money.’
    • ‘She is very resourceful and thrifty, but her face is always expressionless, except for an occasional look of fear.’
    • ‘I'm cheap (or rather thrifty and money smart), but a lot of cultures don't tip.’
    • ‘If people tend to be thrifty and to save their money, there is no guarantee that the money saved will be invested to further the economic prosperity of the country.’
    • ‘Maggie Thatcher wasn't a politician, but an ordinary thrifty housewife who had somehow become Prime Minister.’
    • ‘She named an amount of money for this service which my thrifty husband felt was ridiculous.’
    • ‘O-lan is plain looking, dull, and slow, but she is hard working, thrifty, and resourceful.’
    • ‘The result also reveals that kids from more well-off families tend to spend their money lavishly while those whose parents are unemployed are more thrifty.’
    • ‘The cash-strapped collegian or the thrifty housewife would certainly understand this logic.’
    • ‘He saw the saga of another thrifty and resourceful people who had thrown off the imperial yoke - of Spain, in this case - in the name of liberty.’
    • ‘Being thrifty with his money is not something the Bond star is renowned for.’
    • ‘The housewife of Jaffna, being thrifty, makes minimum use of ingredients to turn out simple, wholesome fare.’
    • ‘More expensive water will provide an incentive to be more thrifty in how it is used.’
    • ‘‘Through the years we were very thrifty and spent and invested wisely,’ she says.’
    • ‘Needle skills were admired in ladies of leisure - matrons of means, nuns, and thrifty housewives - but not in women who had to support themselves.’
    • ‘So even thrifty patients are joining the ranks of the one-fifth of Americans who currently cannot afford what their doctors prescribe and are forced to skip doses, or entire prescriptions, in order to make ends meet.’
    careful with money, provident, prudent, canny, economical, frugal, energy-efficient, energy-saving, fuel-efficient, fuel-saving, sparing, scrimping, abstemious, parsimonious, penny-pinching, miserly
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  • 2archaic, dialect (of livestock or plants) strong and healthy.

    • ‘The primary goals of most forest management plans are to grow healthy, thrifty trees and also to remove the defective, diseased trees - replacing them with healthy vigorous ones.’
    1. 2.1Prosperous.