Frugal definition and meaning

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Definition of ’frugal’

Word Frequency


frugal


(


fr



g

ə

l



)


1.


adjective

People who are

frugal

or who

live


frugal

lives do not

eat

much or

spend

much money on themselves.


She lives a frugal life.


frugality


uncountable noun


We must practise the strictest frugality and economy.


frugally


adverb



[


ADVERB

with verb

]


We lived fairly frugally.


He frugally saved various bits of the machine in carefully marked boxes.


2.


adjective

A

frugal


meal

is small and not

expensive

.


The diet was frugal: cheese and water, rice and beans.


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frugal


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frugal

Word Frequency


frugal


in British English


(


ˈfruːɡ

ə

l



)


adjective


1.


2.


Collins English Dictionary

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Derived forms



frugality


(

fruˈgality

)


or


frugalness


(

ˈfrugalness

)


noun



frugally


(

ˈfrugally

)


adverb

Word origin

C16: from Latin

frūgālis

, from

frūgī

useful, temperate, from

frux

fruit

Word Frequency


frugal


in American English


(


ˈfrugəl



)


adjective


1.

not

wasteful

; not spending freely or unnecessarily; thrifty;

economical


2.

not costly or

luxurious

;

inexpensive

or meager


a

frugal

meal


SIMILAR WORDS:


ˈthrifty

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Derived forms



frugality


(

fruˈgality

)


(


fruˈgæləti



)


noun

Word forms:


plural


fruˈgalities



frugally


(

ˈfrugally

)


adverb

Word origin

L

frugalis

<

frugi

, fit for food, hence proper, worthy, frugal, orig. dat. of

frux

(gen.

frugis

), fruits, produce: for IE base see

fruit

Word Frequency


frugal


in American English


(


ˈfruːɡəl


)


adjective


1.

economical in use or

expenditure

; prudently

saving

or

sparing

; not wasteful
a frugal manager


2.

a frugal meal
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Derived forms


frugality


frugalness


noun


frugally


adverb

Word origin


[

1590–1600; ‹ L

frūgālis

economical, equiv. to

frūg-

(s. of

frūx

produce,

fruit

) +

-ālis


-al


1


]

Examples of ‘frugal’ in a sentence

frugal


Read more…


MONEY : Your frugal

nature

is

reinforced

but you

also


spring


financial

surprises!


The Sun



(

2017

)


She lives a frugal life and

expects

us to do the same.


The Sun



(

2012

)


Nor was he leading a frugal life.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2014

)


It was caused by an ancient

electric


fire

on which he

cooked

his frugal meals.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2006

)


And often people

interpret

its

meaning

as

simply


taking

good

care

of what we have or being frugal with money.


Christianity Today



(

2000

)


He was also frugal with money.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2013

)


If you live a frugal life and put some money away for your old

age

, you

get


hammered

.


The Sun



(

2012

)


I

think

this

jam


reflects

her good

diet

, frugal

upbringing

and making the most of

seasonal


vegetables

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2010

)


When you live a frugal life like me, that’s a

lot

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2007

)


A

retired


railway


worker

who lived a frugal life in a

council

flat and only

went

away on

coach


trips

has left 1.1

million

to

charity

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2014

)

COBUILD Collocations

frugal


frugal life

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In other languages

frugal


British English

:


frugal


ADJECTIVE

/

ˈfruːɡəl

/

People who are

frugal

or who live

frugal

lives do not eat much or spend much money on themselves.
She lives a frugal life.


American English

:


frugal


ˈfrugəl

/


Brazilian Portuguese

:

frugal


Chinese

:

俭朴的


European Spanish

:


parco


French

:


frugal


German

:


genügsam


Italian

:


frugale


Japanese

:

質素な


Korean

:

검소한


European Portuguese

:


frugal


Latin American Spanish

:


parco


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frugal

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