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  • adv. In a way that is not thrifty.
  • adv. In an improper or unbecoming manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Not thriftily.
  • adv. Improperly; unbecomingly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Poorly.
  • In an unthrifty manner; wastefully; lavishly; prodigally.


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unthrifty +‎ -ly


  • Inexperienced journalists, in the first effervescence of youth, make a labor of love of ephemeral work, and lavish their best thought unthriftily thereon.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • I will not unthriftily spill my letters any more there, where they returne me no fruit.

    Microcosmography or, a Piece of the World Discovered; in Essays and Characters

  • Philosophers are absurd from many causes, but principally from laying out unthriftily their distinctions.

    A Book of English Prose Part II, Arranged for Secondary and High Schools

  • "Oh, now I love you!" she cried, a-thrill with disappointment to find him so unthriftily high-minded.


  • For that they get by fighting, immediately they spend unthriftily and wretchedly in riot.

    The Second Book. Of Warfare

  • He said that his Mamma was dying, and that it was not wholesome for any man to lie unthriftily in the presence of 'Estreekin Sahib'.

    Victorian Short Stories of Troubled Marriages

  • He said that his Mamma was dying and that it was not wholesome for any man to lie unthriftily in the presence of "Estreeken Sahib."

    Plain Tales from the Hills

  • There is hardly a garden in the village, I think, which does not contain a corner or a strip given over unthriftily, not to useful vegetables, but to daffodils or carnations or dahlias, or to the plants of sweet scent and pleasant names, like rosemary and lavender, and balm, and mignonette.

    Change in the Village

  • "Imagine it," Miss Linden went on, -- "imagine this one little real flower bending over a whole garden of muslin marigolds and silk sunflowers and velvet verbenas, growing unthriftily in a bed of white muslin!"

    Say and Seal, Volume II

  • Katrina, as the disaster is called for short, was a black disaster, exposing the black poverty that, dwelling in the low-lying areas of the metropolis, stayed out of the view of the tourists who flocked to Bourbon Street for a taste of Cajun cuisine and old-fashioned jazz, or who admired the fluted columns and iron lace of the gently moldering Garden District, or who were unthriftily prepared to laisser le bon temps rouler at Mardi Gras or the Super Bowl.

    After Katrina


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