thrift (countable and uncountable, plural thrifts)
- (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.
- (Can we date this quote?) Spenser
- The rest, […] willing to fall to thrift, prove very good husbands.
- Ambrose Bierce
- […] 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.
- (obsolete) Vigorous growth, as of a plant.
- (characteristic of using a minimum of something): frugality
characteristic of using a minimum of something
- Mandarin: 節儉 (zh), 节俭 (zh) (jiéjiǎn), 節約 (zh), 节约 (zh) (jiéyuē)
- Czech: spořivost f
- Dutch: zuinigheid (nl) f
- Finnish: säästäväisyys (fi)
- French: parcimonie (fr) f, économie (fr) f, épargne (fr) f
- Georgian: მომჭირნეობა (momč̣irneoba), ყაირათი (q̇airati), დამზოგველობა (damzogveloba), ზომიერება (zomiereba), ეკონომიურობა (eḳonomiuroba)
- German: Sparsamkeit (de) f
- Greek: λιτότητα (el) f (litótita)
- Hungarian: takarékosság (hu)
- Irish: barainn f, tábhacht f
- Italian: parsimonia (it), frugalità (it), risparmio (it), economia (it)
- Japanese: 倹約 (ja) (けんやく, ken'yaku), 節倹 (せっけん, sekken)
various plants of the genus Armeria
- Dutch: Armeria, Engels gras n
- Finnish: laukkaneilikka
- French: armérie (fr) f
- German: Grasnelke f
- Irish: rabhán m
- Japanese: 浜簪 (ハマカンザシ, hama kanzashi), アルメリア (arumeria)
- Polish: zawciąg m
- Swedish: trift c
thrift (third-person singular simple present thrifts, present participle thrifting, simple past and past participle thrifted)
- (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.
↑ thrift in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913