Definition of thrifty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈθrɪfti/

adjective (thriftier, thriftiest)

1Using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully: he had been brought up to be thrifty and careful
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  • I'm cheap (or rather thrifty and money smart), but a lot of cultures don't tip.
  • Living on imported food was not a thrifty way to spend money.
  • Being thrifty with his money is not something the Bond star is renowned for.
careful with money, provident, prudent, canny, economical, frugal, energy-efficient, energy-saving, fuel-efficient, fuel-saving, sparing, scrimping, abstemious, parsimonious, penny-pinching, miserly;
North American  forehanded
2chiefly archaic or dialect (Of livestock or plants) strong and healthy: the sheep are vigorous and thrifty
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  • 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 archaic Prosperous.



Pronunciation: /ˈθrɪftɪli/
Example sentences
  • And they wind up in the ER with complications from untreated chronic problems, requiring care that is considerably more expensive than the ongoing management they thriftily refused.
  • Kipling, like many others, blamed the Government of India for trying to conduct the occupation of Mesopotamia too thriftily.
  • Is there not more scope for dishes like fishcakes and seafood stews where fish is thriftily combined with cheap decent ingredients?


Pronunciation: /ˈθrɪftɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • Had their share of business activity been greater, their increase in thriftiness and prudence might have deepened or prolonged the recession.
  • Of course it's more practical and economical to buy an inexpensive, bottom of the range import but, let's face it, there's little elegance in thriftiness, and no store of value.
  • Strictly speaking, there is no gene for a sucking reflex, let alone for female coyness or Scottish thriftiness or cognizance of the concept of zero.

Words that rhyme with thrifty

fifty, fifty-fifty, nifty, shifty, swiftie

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