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Line breaks: fru¦gal
Pronunciation: /ˈfruːɡ(ə)l

Definition of frugal in English:


1Sparing or economical as regards money or food: I’m a bit too frugal to splash out on designer clothes
More example sentences
  • Schmidt is potentially a cold character, spartan with words and frugal with money.
  • He took seriously his pledge made at the outset of the war that he would live a frugal and abstemious existence as long as the war lasted.
  • Naturally frugal with time and money, I'm always looking for shortcuts.
careful, cautious, prudent, provident, unwasteful, sensible, canny;
abstemious, abstinent, austere, self-denying, ascetic, non-indulgent, self-disciplined, spartan, puritanical, nunlike, monastic, monkish;
North American forehanded
North American informal cheap
1.1Simple and plain and costing little: a frugal meal
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  • Most meals are frugal and simple with the daily consumption of meat kept to a minimum.
  • Their meals, though simple and frugal, seemed to have been wholesome and nourishing, the womenfolk being experts in cooking and domestic economy.
  • There is something simple, pure and frugal about a home-made loaf, and the feel-good factor is better than a trip to the gym.
meagre, scanty, scant, paltry, skimpy, insufficient;
plain, simple, moderate, temperate, austere, ascetic, spartan, restrained;
inexpensive, cheap, economical, energy-efficient, energy-saving, fuel-efficient


mid 16th century: from Latin frugalis, from frugi 'economical, thrifty', from frux, frug- 'fruit'.



Example sentences
  • Still, living frugally off the money from her earlier record and publishing deals, she may gripe about the problems of being a self-released artist but can still afford to be restless and vague rather than career-driven.
  • As someone who lives quite frugally, the amount I'll need to pay is the equivalent to the amount I probably save by using coupons and buying generic stuff in the supermarket over an entire year.
  • And absolutely none of the money in question ever ended up in the coffers of this tiny, frugally funded organization of those who lost someone the day America was attacked.

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