Thrift"y (?), a. [Compar. Thriftier (?); superl. Thriftiest.]

1.

Given to, or evincing, thrift; characterized by economy and good menegement of property; sparing; frugal.

Her chaffer was so thrifty and so new. Chaucer.

I am glad he hath so much youth and vigor left, of which he hath not been thrifty. Swift.

2.

Thriving by industry and frugality; prosperous in the acquisition of worldly goods; increasing in wealth; as, a thrifty farmer or mechanic.

3.

Growing rapidly or vigorously; thriving; as, a thrifty plant or colt.

4.

Secured by thrift; well husbanded.

[R.]

I have five hundred crowns, The thrifty hire I saved under your father. Shak.

5.

Well appearing; looking or being in good condition; becoming.

[Obs.]

I sit at home, I have no thrifty cloth. Chaucer.

Syn. -- Frugal; sparing; economical; saving; careful.

 

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