• Thrift


    • enPR: thrÄ­ft, IPA: /θɹɪft/
    • Rhymes: -ɪft


    From Old Norse þrift ("thriving condition, prosperity").

    Webster 1913|thrift

    Full definition of thrift



    (countable and uncountable; plural thrifts)
    1. (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.
      • unknown date SpenserThe rest, ... willing to fall to thrift, prove very good husbands.
    2. (countable, US) A savings bank.Usually home mortgages are obtained from thrifts.
    3. (countable) Any of various plants of the genus Armeria, particularly .
    4. (obsolete) Success and advance in the acquisition of property; increase of worldly goods; gain; prosperity.
      • unknown date ShakespeareI have a mind presages me such thrift.
    5. (obsolete) Vigorous growth, as of a plant.


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