Frugal Definition

Practicing or marked by economy, as in the expenditure of money or the use of material resources.
American Heritage
Not wasteful; not spending freely or unnecessarily; thrifty; economical.
Webster's New World
Not costly or luxurious; inexpensive or meager.
A frugal meal.
Webster's New World

Avoiding unnecessary expenditure either of money or of anything else which is to be used or consumed; avoiding waste.


Origin of Frugal

  • Latin frūgālis virtuous, thrifty from frūx frūg- fruit, virtue

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French, from Latin frugalis "virtuous, thrifty"

    From Wiktionary

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