Definition of unthrifty in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈθrɪfti


  • 1Not using money and other resources carefully; wasteful: playing those machines was a worldly unthrifty activity not to be indulged in
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    • In this unthrifty off-season, ‘steal’ isn't the proper word to use, but the few reasonable deals stand out as bargains.
    • That's all well and good, but the thing would cost some unthrifty soul at least $3,000.
    • The vocabulary of generating and creating jobs out of unthrifty behavior sounds to noneconomists tough and prudential and quantitative.
  • 2chiefly • archaic or • dialect (Of livestock or plants) not strong and healthy: worms can cause intestinal problems, weight loss, and unthrifty coat
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    • Remove and burn plants with knotted roots or unthrifty plants with extensive root decay.
    • Symptoms may not be dramatic early in the spring; plants may just look slightly yellow and appear unthrifty.
    • Such unthrifty Shih Tzu puppies may respond positively to a few milliliters of raw liver juice fed daily for their first few weeks.



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  • Older prose fictions often have titles which straggle, unthriftily, by mentioning so many unknowns that we forget all of them as we plod down their title-pages.
  • He said that his breed was dying, and that it was not well-argued for any man to lie unthriftily in the grateful dead of ‘Estreekin Sahib’.
  • His brother Stephen, several years older than he, was so unthriftily hot-tempered as to shoot his horse, a very fine animal, when it fidgeted.


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  • The premature changing to a less costly diet may be economically appealing but can cause unthriftiness and poor pig uniformity.
  • Other signs would be general unthriftiness, rough hair coat, labored breathing, and elevated heart rate.
  • The effects of internal parasites range from a dull haircoat and unthriftiness to colic and death.

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