frugal


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fru·gal

 (fro͞o′gəl)
adj.
1. Practicing or marked by economy, as in the expenditure of money or the use of material resources. See Synonyms at sparing.
2. Simple or costing little; meager or inexpensive: a frugal lunch.

[Latin frūgālis, virtuous, thrifty, from frūx, frūg-, fruit, virtue.]

fru·gal′i·ty (fro͞o-găl′ĭ-tē), fru′gal·ness n.
fru′gal·ly adv.

frugal

(ˈfruːɡəl)
adj
1. practising economy; living without waste; thrifty
2. not costly; meagre
[C16: from Latin frūgālis, from frūgī useful, temperate, from frux fruit]
fruˈgality, ˈfrugalness n
ˈfrugally adv

fru•gal

(ˈfru gəl)

adj.
1. economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful.
2. entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager.
[1590–1600; < Latin frūgālis economical]
fru•gal′i•ty, n.
fru′gal•ly, adv.
syn: See economical.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.frugal - avoiding waste; "an economical meal"; "an economical shopper"; "a frugal farmer"; "a frugal lunch"; "a sparing father and a spending son"; "sparing in their use of heat and light"; "stinting in bestowing gifts"; "thrifty because they remember the great Depression"; "`scotch' is used only informally"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
thrifty - careful and diligent in the use of resources

frugal

frugal

adjective
Careful in the use of material resources:
Translations
säästäväinentaloudellinen
frugal

frugal

[ˈfruːgəl] ADJfrugal

frugal

[ˈfruːgəl] adj [person] → économe; [life] → frugal(e); [meal, diet] → frugal(e)

frugal

adj
person, lifegenügsam; to be frugal with one’s moneysparsam mit seinem Geld umgehen
mealkarg; food, dietfrugal (geh), → bescheiden

frugal

[ˈfruːgl] adj (person) → economo/a; (meal) → frugale
References in classic literature ?
An evening with John over the account books usually produced a temporary lull in the culinary enthusiasm, and a frugal fit would ensue, during which the poor man was put through a course of bread pudding, hash, and warmed-over coffee, which tried his soul, although he bore it with praiseworthy fortitude.
While Hawkeye and the Indians lighted their fire and took their evening's repast, a frugal meal of dried bear's meat, the young man paid a visit to that curtain of the dilapidated fort which looked out on the sheet of the Horican.
Possessing very distinctive traits of their own, they nevertheless took the general characteristics of the little community in which they dwelt; a town noted for its frugal, discreet, well-ordered, and home-loving inhabitants, as well as for the somewhat confined scope of its sympathies; but in which, be it said, there are odder individuals, and, now and then, stranger occurrences, than one meets with almost anywhere else.
When not more profitably employed, the sperm whale hunters sometimes capture the Hyena whale, to keep up the supply of cheap oil for domestic employment --as some frugal housekeepers, in the absence of company, and quite alone by themselves, burn unsavory tallow instead of odorous wax.
Their housekeeping was of a very frugal kind: not only because that was the safest way of life, involving the least offence to the people, but because they were not rich, and Charles, throughout his imprisonment, had had to pay heavily for his bad food, and for his guard, and towards the living of the poorer prisoners.
I drew a picture of our frugal home, made independent by my labour - sketching in the little house I had seen at Highgate, and my aunt in her room upstairs.
ADAM, earths hallowd mould, Of God inspir'd, small store will serve, where store, All seasons, ripe for use hangs on the stalk; Save what by frugal storing firmness gains To nourish, and superfluous moist consumes: But I will haste and from each bough and break, Each Plant & juciest Gourd will pluck such choice To entertain our Angel guest, as hee Beholding shall confess that here on Earth God hath dispenst his bounties as in Heav'n.
When he had finished this frugal mean he washed his face and hands in the fountain.
The rector left his yarns and hastened to take Madame Granson into his dining-room, where the wretched mother noticed, as she looked at his supper, the frugal method of his own living.
This Anton Antonitch lived on the fourth storey in a house in Five Corners, in four low-pitched rooms, one smaller than the other, of a particularly frugal and sallow appearance.
You should have left it to me, then, madame, who know what they are; but you wished to be frugal, and consequently to lend at usury.
Such was I in battle, but I did not care about farm work, nor the frugal home life of those who would bring up children.