A couple being frugal by clipping coupons.
An example of frugal is someone who uses coupons to buy groceries.
- not wasteful; not spending freely or unnecessarily; thrifty; economical
- not costly or luxurious; inexpensive or meager: a frugal meal
Origin of frugalClassical Latin frugalis from frugi, fit for food, hence proper, worthy, frugal, origin, originally dative of frux (gen. frugis), fruits, produce: for Indo-European base see fruit
- Practicing or marked by economy, as in the expenditure of money or the use of material resources. See Synonyms at sparing.
- Simple or costing little; meager or inexpensive: a frugal lunch.
Origin of frugalLatin frūgālis virtuous, thrifty from frūx frūg- fruit, virtue
- fru·gal′i·ty fru′gal·ness
(comparative more frugal, superlative most frugal)
From Middle French, from Latin frugalis "virtuous, thrifty"