- The definition of spendthrift is wasteful or extravagant.
An example of spendthrift used as an adjective is a spendthrift teenager.
- Spendthrift is defined as a person who overspends, or who spends money in an irresponsible way.
An example of a spendthrift is a person who spends hundreds of dollars on purses and shoes she can't afford.
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Origin: spend + thrift, accumulated wealth (obsolete).