See also: Thrift
- (uncountable) The characteristic of using a minimum of something (especially money).
- His thrift can be seen in how little the trashman takes from his house.
- 1633, Edmund Spenser, A Vewe of the Present State of Irelande […], Dublin: […] Sir James Ware; reprinted as A View of the State of Ireland […], Dublin: […] the Society of Stationers, […] Hibernia Press, […] By John Morrison, 1809:
- The rest, […] willing to fall to thrift , as I have seene many souldiers after the service to prove very good husbands
- 1892, Ambrose Bierce, Tales of Soldiers and Civilians: Holy Terror
- […] it would appear that before taking this precaution Mr. Bree must have had the thrift to remove a modest competency of the gold […]
- (countable, US) A savings bank.
- Usually, home mortgages are obtained from thrifts.
- (countable) Any of various plants of the genus Armeria, particularly Armeria maritima.
- (obsolete) Success and advance in the acquisition of property; increase of worldly goods; gain; prosperity; profit.
- c. 1596–1598 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i]:
- Bassanio: […] And many Jasons come in quest of her.
O my Antonio, had I but the means
To hold a rival place with one of them,
I have a mind presages me such thrift,
That I should questionless be fortunate!
- c. 1596–1598 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
- Hamlet: No, let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp,
And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee
Where thrift may follow fawning.
- (obsolete) Vigorous growth, as of a plant.
- (characteristic of using a minimum of something): frugality
characteristic of using a minimum of something
savings bank — see savings bank
various plants of the genus Armeria
- (transitive) To obtain from a thrift shop.
- 2007, James Bernard Frost, World Leader Pretend, page 152:
- She probably thrifted the T-shirt and shorts. Bought the hiking boots yesterday at Copeland's. She's not much of a hiker, Xerxes thinks.