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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for thrifty in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


From Middle English thrifty, threfty, thryfty, þrifti, equivalent to thrift +‎ -y.



thrifty (comparative thriftier, superlative thriftiest)

  1. evincing thrift; characterized by economy and good management of property; frugal.
  2. Thriving by industry and frugality; prosperous in the acquisition of worldly goods; increasing in wealth
    a thrifty person
  3. Growing rapidly or vigorously; thriving
    a thrifty plant
  4. Secured by thrift; well husbanded.
  5. Having a pleasant appearance; looking or being in good condition



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