One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a person or their behavior) using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully.
careful with money, provident, prudent, canny, economical, frugal, energy-efficient, energy-saving, fuel-efficient, fuel-saving, sparing, scrimping, abstemious, parsimonious, penny-pinching, miserlyView synonyms
- ‘‘Through the years we were very thrifty and spent and invested wisely,’ she says.’
- ‘People who save see others as wasteful while people who spend see others as thrifty.’
- ‘O-lan is plain looking, dull, and slow, but she is hard working, thrifty, and resourceful.’
- ‘Maggie Thatcher wasn't a politician, but an ordinary thrifty housewife who had somehow become Prime Minister.’
- ‘The Scout Law declares a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.’
- ‘Despite meagre wages she had been thrifty and had saved money towards going to Chiang Mai University, gaining her teaching degree in 1976.’
- ‘More expensive water will provide an incentive to be more thrifty in how it is used.’
- ‘The cash-strapped collegian or the thrifty housewife would certainly understand this logic.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She named an amount of money for this service which my thrifty husband felt was ridiculous.’
- ‘The housewife of Jaffna, being thrifty, makes minimum use of ingredients to turn out simple, wholesome fare.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Being thrifty with his money is not something the Bond star is renowned for.’
- ‘Needle skills were admired in ladies of leisure - matrons of means, nuns, and thrifty housewives - but not in women who had to support themselves.’
- ‘She is very resourceful and thrifty, but her face is always expressionless, except for an occasional look of fear.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Living on imported food was not a thrifty way to spend money.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I'm cheap (or rather thrifty and money smart), but a lot of cultures don't tip.’
2dialect, archaic (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.’
- 2.1 Prosperous.
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