Definitions

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.

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  • 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.

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  • adj. avoiding waste

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin frūgālis, virtuous, thrifty, from frūx, frūg-, fruit, virtue.

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From Latin frugalis "virtuous, thrifty"

Examples

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  • adjective: not spending much money (but spending wisely)

    Monte was no miser, but was simply frugal, wisely spending the little that he earned.

    October 11, 2016

  • It means thrifty. My grandma uses this word all the time, even though many people don't know what it means.

    October 1, 2010