Pronunciation Noun


  1. (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.
    • The rest, […] willing to fall to thrift, prove very good husbands.
    • […] it would appear that before taking this precaution Mr. Bree must have had the thrift to remove a modest competency of the gold […]
  2. (countable, US) A savings bank.
    Usually, home mortgages are obtained from thrifts.
  3. (countable) Any of various plants of the genus Armeria, particularly Armeria maritima.
  4. (obsolete) Success and advance in the acquisition of property; increase of worldly goods; gain; prosperity; profit.
    • 1380-1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales:
      Medleth na-more with that art, I mene, / For, if ye doon, your thrift is goon ful clene.
    • circa 1596-97 William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act I scene i:
      smallcaps 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!
    • circa 1599-1601 William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III scene ii:
      smallcaps Hamlet: No, let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp, / And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee / Where thrift may follow fawning.
  5. (obsolete) Vigorous growth, as of a plant.
  • (characteristic of using a minimum of something) frugality
Antonyms Translations Translations Translations Verb

thrift (thrifts, present participle thrifting; past and past participle thrifted)

  1. (transitive) To obtain from a thrift shop.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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