Definition of Frugal

1. Adjective. Avoiding waste. "`scotch' is used only informally"

Exact synonyms: Economical, Scotch, Sparing, Stinting
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Thrifty
Derivative terms: Economy, Frugality, Frugalness



Definition of Frugal

1. a. Economical in the use or appropriation of resources; not wasteful or lavish; wise in the expenditure or application of force, materials, time, etc.; characterized by frugality; sparing; economical; saving; as, a frugal housekeeper; frugal of time.

Definition of Frugal

1. Adjective. Avoiding unnecessary expenditure either of money or of anything else which is to be used or consumed; avoiding waste. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Frugal

1. thrifty [adj] : FRUGALLY [adv] - See also: thrifty

Medical Definition of Frugal

1. 1. Economical in the use or appropriation of resources; not wasteful or lavish; wise in the expenditure or application of force, materials, time, etc.; characterised by frugality; sparing; economical; saving; as, a frugal housekeeper; frugal of time. "I oft admire How Nature, wise and frugal, could commit Such disproportions." (Milton) 2. Obtained by, or appropriate to, economy; as, a frugal fortune. "Frugal fare." Origin: L. Frugalis, fr. Frugi, lit, for fruit; hence, fit for food, useful, proper, temperate, the dative of frux, frugis, fruit, akin to E. Fruit: cf. F. Frugal. See Fruit. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Frugal

fructosediphosphates
fructoses
fructoside
fructosuria
fructosyl-
fructosyl aminocaproate-oxygen oxidoreductase
fructosyl lysine oxidase
fructuaries
fructuary
fructuation
fructuous
fructure
fructuronate reductase
frue vanner
frug
frugal (current term)
frugalism
frugalista
frugalistas
frugalities
frugality
frugally
frugalness
frugged
frugging
frugiferent
frugiferous
frugivora
frugivore
frugivores

Literary usage of Frugal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1832)
"We should not be saying too much of the utility of the advice contained in her ' frugal Housewife,' if we were to assert that those who attend to it rigidly ..."

2. The Monthly Review by Charles William Wason (1832)
"The frugal Housewife. Dedicated to those who are not ashamed of economy. By Mrs. Child. 12mo. pp. 176. Eighth edition. London : Tegg, 1832. ..."

3. The Merv Oasis: Travels and Adventures East of the Caspian During the Years by Edmund O'Donovan (1883)
"Their diet is ordinarily of the most frugal kind. Even among the more opulent there are few luxuries indeed. ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1831)
"... or rather biscuit,(46) which they divided into two frugal repasts, crt the afternoon, and of the evening. It was esteemed a merit, and almost a duty, ..."

5. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"They are very shrewd, plodding, and frugal; but many of them are great scamps, and they are almost all repulsive in their persons and their habits. ..."

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