Definition of thrift in English:


Syllabification: thrift
Pronunciation: /THrift


1The quality of using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully: the values of thrift and self-reliance
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  • The annual awards recognise the efforts made by school principals, teachers and parents to encourage the habit of regular saving, thrift and money management.
  • Battling the elements, espousing values of thrift, industry and resourcefulness, the film has the feel of a ‘Boys' Own Adventure’.
  • I agree that thrift and self-reliance are important values, but so are tolerance and the fair-go principle of maximising equality of opportunity.
frugality, economy, economizing, thriftiness, providence, prudence, good management, good husbandry, saving, scrimping and saving, abstemiousness; parsimony, penny-pinching, austerity
1.1US another term for savings and loan.
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  • A third set of factors pertains to the market specialization of different institutions - after accounting for the regulatory contrasts among banks, thrifts, credit unions, and indies.
  • The nation's banks and thrifts have increasingly staked their loan portfolios on the mortgage and home-equity businesses.
  • Ellison delivered a 19.7% return by sticking to regional banks and thrifts with clean balance sheets.
2A European plant that forms low-growing tufts of slender leaves with rounded pink flower heads, growing chiefly on sea cliffs and mountains. Also called sea pink.
  • Armeria maritima, family Plumbaginaceae
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  • Enclosing the garden will be a traditional dry stone wall planted with native Irish plants - yarrow, thrift, heart's tongue fern and maiden hair spleenwort.
  • I knew the nodding pink flowers of thrift, and those white ones with the bulbous base must be sea campion.
  • Primrose, cowslip, lady's mantle, bugle, thrift, clustered bellflower are widely available in garden centres, but are all natives.


Middle English (in the sense 'prosperity, acquired wealth, success'): from Old Norse, from thrífa 'grasp, get hold of'. Compare with thrive.

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