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thrift

 (thrĭft)
n.
1. Wise economy in the management of money and other resources; frugality.
2. Vigorous growth of living things, such as plants.
3. Any of several densely tufted plants of the genus Armeria, especially A. maritima, having white to pink flower heads with a funnel-shaped scarious calyx.
4. A savings and loan association, credit union, or savings bank. Also called thrift institution.
intr.v. thrift·ed, thrift·ing, thrifts
To shop in thrift stores, especially for clothing: "I'd hoped the zine would connect all sort of people—[who] understood how much cooler it was to thrift than to buy new junk" (Al Hoff).

[Middle English, prosperity, perhaps from Old Norse, from thrīfask, to thrive; see thrive.]

thrift

(θrɪft)
n
1. wisdom and caution in the management of money
2. (Plants) Also called: sea pink any of numerous perennial plumbaginaceous low-growing plants of the genus Armeria, esp A. maritima, of Europe, W Asia, and North America, having narrow leaves and round heads of pink or white flowers
3. (Horticulture) rare vigorous thriving or growth, as of a plant
4. (Banking & Finance) US a building society, savings bank, or credit union
5. an obsolete word for prosperity
[C13: from Old Norse: success; see thrive]
ˈthriftless adj
ˈthriftlessly adv
ˈthriftlessness n

thrift

(θrɪft)

n.
1. economical management; economy.
2. Also called thrift′ institu`tion. a savings and loan association, savings bank, or credit union.
3. any alpine and maritime plant belonging to the genus Armeria, of the leadwort family, having pink or white flowers, esp. A. maritima, noted for vigorous growth.
4. vigorous growth.
5. Obs. prosperity.
[1200–50; Middle English < Old Norse: well-being, prosperity; akin to thrive]

thrift

- First meant "acquired wealth, prosperity, success."
See also related terms for prosperity.

Thrift

 
  1. Act like they are bargaining with some Arab street trader … like they are buying lemons —John Wainwright
  2. False economy is like stopping one hole in a sieve —Samuel Johnson, April 17, 1788
  3. Frugal as a poor farmer’s wife —George Garrett
  4. Generous as someone who would give you the sleeves out of his vest —Anon
  5. His money comes from him like drops of blood —John Ray’s Proverbs
  6. Kept his wallet shut tight as an accordion —Anon
  7. Pinches a penny like money is going out of style —George Garrett
  8. Soliciting a miser is like fishing in the desert —Solomon Ibn Gabirol
  9. Thrifty as a French peasant —G. K. Chesterton
  10. Tight as a miser’s wallet —Anon
  11. Tight as a scout knot —Geoffrey Wolff

    In his novel, Providence, Wolff expands upon the simile with “Wouldn’t pay a nickel to watch an earthquake.”

  12. Tight as a tic —Anon
  13. Tight as Dick’s headband —American colloquialism

    This was coined by and is still used by Texas ranchers.

  14. Tight as the bark to a tree —American colloquialism

    This still popular simile originated in New Hampshire. A variation from Indiana, “Tight as a wad,” has pretty much given way to the jargon word ‘tightwad.’ There’s also Ulysses S. Grant’s literal application to describe the pantaloons he had to wear as a West Point cadet as being, “Tight to my skin as the bark to a tree.”

  15. Tight as the paper on the wall —Mignon Eberhart
  16. Watch pennies like a streetcar conductor —Irwin Shaw
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thrift - any of numerous sun-loving low-growing evergreens of the genus Armeria having round heads of pink or white flowersthrift - any of numerous sun-loving low-growing evergreens of the genus Armeria having round heads of pink or white flowers
Armeria, genus Armeria - shrubby or herbaceous low-growing evergreen perennials
Armeria maritima, cliff rose, sea pink - tufted thrift of seacoasts and mountains of north temperate zone; occasionally grown as a ground cover
subshrub, suffrutex - low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base
2.thrift - extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily
frugality, frugalness - prudence in avoiding waste

thrift

noun economy, prudence, frugality, saving, parsimony, carefulness, good husbandry, thriftiness They were rightly praised for their thrift and enterprise.
waste, squandering, extravagance, carelessness, recklessness, profligacy, prodigality

thrift

noun
Careful use of material resources:
Translations
إقْتِصاد في الإنْفاق، عَدَم التَّبْذير
šetrnostspořivost
sparsommelighed
GrasnelkeSparsamkeit
armérieéconomie
sparsemi
taupība
ArmeriabankEngels grasgierigheidzuinigheid
zawciąg

thrift

[θrɪft] thriftiness [ˈθrɪftɪnɪs]
A. Neconomía f, frugalidad f
B. CPD thrift store (US) N tienda de artículos de segunda mano que dedica su recaudación a causas benéficas

thrift

[ˈθrɪft] néconomie fthrift shop n petite boutique d'articles d'occasion gérée au profit d'œuvres charitables

thrift

nSparsamkeit f

thrift

[θrɪft] thriftiness [ˈθrɪftɪnɪs] nparsimonia

thrift

(θrift) noun
careful spending of money, or using of food or other resources, so that one can save or have some left in reserve; economy. She is noted for her thrift but her husband is very extravagant.
ˈthrifty adjective
showing thrift. a thrifty housewife.
ˈthriftily adverb
ˈthriftiness noun
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