spendthrift

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An illustration by Harold Nelson of the Devil in the form of an elderly miser and a spendthrift gentleman who had used up his whole inheritance, from The Famous Historie of Fryer Bacon (1904)[1]

spend +‎ thrift ((archaic) gain; prosperity).

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spendthrift (comparative more spendthrift, superlative most spendthrift)

  1. Improvident, profligate, or wasteful. [from late 16th c.]
  2. Extravagant or lavish.
    • 2017 May 13, Barney Ronay, “Antonio Conte’s brilliance has turned Chelsea’s pop-up team into champions”, in The Guardian[1], London, archived from the original on 9 September 2017:
      This feels like a significant league title in more ways than one. It is now 14 years since Roman Abramovich emerged as an spendthrift presence in west London.

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spendthrift (plural spendthrifts)

  1. Someone who spends money improvidently or wastefully.

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  1. ^ William John Thoms, editor ([1904]), “How Fryer Bacon Saved a Gentleman that had Given Himselfe to the Devill”, in The Famous Historie of Fryer Bacon: Containing the Wonderfull Things that He Did in His Life: Also the Manner of His Death: With the Lives and Deaths of the Two Conjurers Bungye and Vandermast: Very Pleasant and Delightfull to be Read (Early English Prose Romances; III), [Edinburgh], OCLC 223976978, page 51.

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