from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Practicing or marked by economy, as in the expenditure of money or the use of material resources. See Synonyms at sparing.
- adj. Costing little; inexpensive: a frugal lunch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Avoiding unnecessary expenditure either of money or of anything else which is to be used or consumed; avoiding waste.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Economical in the use or appropriation of resources; not wasteful or lavish; wise in the expenditure or application of force, materials, time, etc.; characterized by frugality; sparing; economical; saving
- adj. Obtained by, or appropriate to, economy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Economical in use or expenditure; avoiding unnecessary expenditure either of money or of anything else which is to be used or consumed; sparing; not prodigal or lavish.
- Characterized by or indicating economy.
- Synonyms Choice, careful, chary, thrifty.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. avoiding waste
Latin frūgālis, virtuous, thrifty, from frūx, frūg-, fruit, virtue.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin frugalis "virtuous, thrifty" (Wiktionary)