• (RP) IPA: /ˈspɛn(d)θɹɪft/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈspɛn(d)ˌθɹɪft/


  1. Improvident, profligate, or wasteful. [from late 16th c.]
    • 1817 December, [Jane Austen], chapter XII, in Persuasion; published in Northanger Abbey: And Persuasion. [...] With a Biographical Notice of the Author. In Four Volumes, volume IV, London: John Murray, […], 1818, OCLC 318384910 ↗, page 299 ↗:
      He was now esteemed quite worthy to address the daughter of a foolish, spendthrift baronet, who had not had principle or sense enough to maintain himself in the situation in which Providence had placed him, and who could give his daughter at present but a small part of the share of ten thousand pounds which must be hers hereafter.
  2. Extravagant or lavish.
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spendthrift (plural spendthrifts)

  1. Someone who spend#Verb|spends money improvidently or wastefully.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: […] (Second Quarto), London: Printed by I[ames] R[oberts] for N[icholas] L[ing] […], published 1604, OCLC 760858814 ↗, [Act IV, scene vii] ↗:
      [T]hat we would doe / We ſhould doe when we would: for this would changes, / And hath abatements and delayes as many, / As there are tongues, are hands, are accedents, / And then this ſhould is like a ſpend thrifts ſigh, / That hurts by eaſing; {{...}
    • 1611, Randle Cotgrave, comp., “Prodigue ↗”, in A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongves, London: Printed by Adam Islip, OCLC 491770318 ↗, column 1:
      Prodigue, & grand beuveur de vin n'a du ſien ne four, ne moulin: Pro. The drunken ſpendthrift waſts his beſt poſſeſſions.
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