- Thrift is defined as careful management of money, or savings bank or credit union, or a plant which is a member of the genus Armeria, family Plumbaginaceae and order Plumbaginales.
- An example of thrift is careful budgeting.
- An example of a thrift is the Rock Rose.
- the condition of thriving; prosperity
- physical thriving; vigorous growth
- careful management of one's money or resources; economy; frugality
- any of a genus (Armeria, family Plumbaginaceae) of dwarf, evergreen, perennial dicotyledonous plants (order Plumbaginales) with narrow leaves and small, white, pink, red, or purplish flowers
- ☆ a mutual savings bank, savings and loan association, or credit union: usually used in pl.in full thrift institution
- Brit., Dialectal a means of thriving; work; labor
Origin of thriftMiddle English ; from Old Norse ; from thrifast, to prosper: see thrive
- Wise economy in the management of money and other resources; frugality.
- Vigorous growth of living things, such as plants.
- Any of several densely tufted plants of the genus Armeria, especially A. maritima, having white to pink flower heads with a funnel-shaped scarious calyx.
- A savings and loan association, credit union, or savings bank. Also called thrift institution.
intransitive verbthrift·ed, thrift·ing, thrifts
To shop in thrift stores, especially for clothing: “I'd hoped the zine would connect all sort of people—[who] understood how much cooler it was to thrift than to buy new junk” (Al Hoff).
Origin of thriftMiddle English, prosperity, perhaps from Old Norse, from thrīfask, to thrive; see thrive.
(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.
- (countable, US) A savings bank.
- Usually home mortgages are obtained from thrifts.
- (countable) Any of various plants of the genus Armeria, particularly Armeria maritima.
From Old Norse þrift (“thriving condition, prosperity”).