frugal

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From Middle French, from Latin frugalis "virtuous, thrifty"

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frugal (comparative more frugal, superlative most frugal)

  1. Avoiding unnecessary expenditure either of money or of anything else which is to be used or consumed; avoiding waste.
    • 1776, Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Book II, Chapter III:
      By what a frugal man annually saves, he not only affords maintenance to an additional number of productive hands, for that or the ensuing year, but [also] establishes as it were a perpetual fund for the maintenance of an equal number in all times to come.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin frūgālis.

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frugal m (feminine frugale, masculine plural frugaux, feminine plural frugales)

  1. frugal, austere

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin frūgālis.

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frugal m, f (plural frugais)

  1. frugal, economical

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin frūgālis.

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frugal m, f (plural frugales; comparable)

  1. frugal, economical

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin frūgālis.

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frugal m, f (plural frugales)

  1. frugal, economical