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frugal


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Frugal  \Fru"gal\,  a.  [L.  frugalis  fr  frugi  lit.,  for  fruit; 
  hence  fit  for  food,  useful,  proper,  temperate,  the  dative  of 
  frux,  frugis  fruit,  akin  to  E.  fruit:  cf  F.  frugal.  See 
  {Fruit},  n.] 
  1.  Economical  in  the  use  or  appropriation  of  resources;  not 
  wasteful  or  lavish;  wise  in  the  expenditure  or  application 
  of  force,  materials,  time,  etc.;  characterized  by 
  frugality;  sparing;  economical;  saving;  as  a  frugal 
  housekeeper;  frugal  of  time. 
 
  I  oft  admire  How  Nature,  wise  and  frugal,  could 
  commit  Such  disproportions.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Obtained  by  or  appropriate  to  economy;  as  a  frugal 
  fortune.  ``Frugal  fare.''  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  frugal 
  adj  :  avoiding  waste;  "an  economical  meal";  "an  economical 
  shopper";  "a  frugal  farmer";  "a  frugal  lunch";  "a 
  sparing  father  and  a  spending  son";  "sparing  in  their 
  use  of  heat  and  light";  "stinting  in  bestowing  gifts"; 
  "thrifty  because  they  remember  the  great  Depression"; 
  (`scotch'  is  used  only  informally)  [syn:  {economical}, 
  {scotch},  {sparing},  {stinting}] 




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