AskDefine | Define thrift

Dictionary Definition



1 any of numerous sun-loving low-growing evergreens of the genus Armeria having round heads of pink or white flowers
2 extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily [syn: parsimony, parsimoniousness, penny-pinching]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The characteristic of using a minimum of something (especially money).
    To save money, they would shop at a thrift store.
  2. A bank.
  3. Any of various plants of the genus Armeria, particularly Armeria maritima.


Derived terms


characteristic of using a minimum of something
  • Dutch: bank
various plants of the genus Armeria
  • Dutch: Armeria, Engels gras

Extensive Definition

Thrift can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

austerity, austerity program, canniness, care, carefulness, chariness, economic planning, economicalness, economizing, economy, economy of means, false economy, forehandedness, frugality, frugalness, good management, husbandry, management, miserliness, niggardliness, parsimoniousness, parsimony, penuriousness, providence, prudence, prudential administration, saving, scrimping, skimping, sparingness, stinginess, thriftiness, tight purse strings, unwastefulness
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