thrift

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse þrift (thriving condition, prosperity).[1]

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thrift (countable and uncountable, plural thrifts)

  1. (uncountable) The characteristic of using a minimum of something (especially money).
    His thrift can be seen in how little the trashman takes from his house.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Spenser
      The rest, [] willing to fall to thrift, prove very good husbands.
  2. (countable, US) A savings bank.
    Usually home mortgages are obtained from thrifts.
  3. (countable) Any of various plants of the genus Armeria, particularly Armeria maritima.
  4. (obsolete) Success and advance in the acquisition of property; increase of worldly goods; gain; prosperity.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      I have a mind presages me such thrift.
  5. (obsolete) Vigorous growth, as of a plant.
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  1. ^ thrift in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913