Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Practicing or marked by the practice of thrift; wisely economical. synonym: sparing.
  • adjective Thriving; prosperous.
  • adjective Growing vigorously; thriving, as a plant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Characterized by thrift; frugal; sparing; careful; economical; saving; using economy and good management.
  • Thriving; flourishing; successful; prosperous; fortunate.
  • Well-husbanded.
  • Showing marks of thrift; expensive; rich.
  • Useful; profitable.
  • Synonyms See economy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Given to, or evincing, thrift; characterized by economy and good menegement of property; sparing; frugal.
  • adjective Thriving by industry and frugality; prosperous in the acquisition of worldly goods; increasing in wealth.
  • adjective Growing rapidly or vigorously; thriving.
  • adjective rare Secured by thrift; well husbanded.
  • adjective obsolete Well appearing; looking or being in good condition; becoming.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Given to, or evincing, thrift; characterized by economy and good management of property; sparing; frugal.
  • adjective Thriving by industry and frugality; prosperous in the acquisition of worldly goods; increasing in wealth; as, a thrifty farmer or mechanic.
  • adjective Growing rapidly or vigorously; thriving; as, a thrifty plant or colt.
  • adjective Secured by thrift; well husbanded.
  • adjective Well appearing; looking or being in good condition; becoming.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective mindful of the future in spending money
  • adjective careful and diligent in the use of resources

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Examples

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  • (When Khadra was alive, this was our song.) that the Yarn Harlot (a lucky Canadian) speaks out about United States bullsh*t lessons in thrifty chic reminders to spend more time in Brooklyn good service from the USPS (going AND coming) compliments on my workspace

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  • A discontented, lazy rabble who call the thrifty accommodations he rents them "broken down old shacks" in a "Potter's field" a typical anarchist-hippie move, disrespecting the man's good name.

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  • We could not have been called a thrifty nation before the war -- we are much more thrifty now, in many ways, though there are still things we could learn.

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  • If your grandfather, or great-grandfather, had been what is termed a thrifty and industrious man, working hard, living poor, working his wife and little ones in one long grind, all in order to save money to invest in business, you might now be a rich man; that is, supposing you were heir to their possessions.

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  • The knights in the old days were ordered by their code of rules to be thrifty, that is, to save money as much as possible in order to keep themselves and not to be a burden to others, and that they might have more to give away in charity.

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  • So there grew up three sorts of people, called the thrifty, the spendthrifts, and the misers.

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  • Even without this so-called thrifty gene, you'd face an uphill battle to stay trim.

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  • Encourage others to be inventive and thrifty, which is how you must be.

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  • A baby conceived during a famine, for example, might learn to be "thrifty," hoarding every calorie and packing on fat rather than muscle, even at the expense of developing vital organs, such as the kidneys, liver and brain.

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  • From the 2009 4-H Market Hog Project Guidelines from Cooperative Extension at the University of Delaware:

    "When selecting your project, look for a healthy pig that:

    - is well muscled

    - has a minimal amount of back fat

    - has deep, full hams

    - is long, trim, and smooth

    - walks free of any stiffness or lameness

    - is thrifty and free of disease"

    August 17, 2010