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Definition careful and diligent in the use of money or other resources
  • The thrifty man had gathered up the bits of gouged-out wood and taken them home.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • He was thrifty and energetic.
    Flannery O'Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • Mr. Wine said the way he showed me how to sharpen the pencil was the thrifty way.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • She'll decide to be thrifty and offend Frey with a paltry sacrifice.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • These poor Christians are not thrifty like our country people at home; they have no veneration for property, no sense of material values.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • In this cheap and thrifty way Sir Pitt tries to pay off his debt to his family.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Yet she could talk about being thrifty in Mexico.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He was sober, thrifty and pious; he went to the altar every first Friday, sometimes with her, oftener by himself.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He was becoming impatient to get away on his journey now; however, he was not to lose this thrifty dame's society so easily.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • I told my wife, "she had been too thrifty, for I found she had starved herself and her daughter to nothing."
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • Then who so pleasing, thrifty, and satisfactory in every way as Elizabeth-Jane?
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He was too thrifty to use one when it could possibly be avoided.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • They had not established their position skilfully enough, or perhaps they were too thrifty.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Yesterday, at Thrifty Car Rental in downtown D.C., she felt like she was walking a tightrope.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He scorned the improvident, and now the improvident would be just as good as the careful, the sound, the thrifty.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • When near at hand he saw that the rancher was a thrifty farmer.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • Whenever he stayed home in the evening he went to bed early, and thriftily got ahead in those dismal duties.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I am not used to this poverty; I left a thrifty business in the Barbados to serve the Lord.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Carol had a suspicion that the thriftier housewives made the afternoon treat do for evening supper.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • "Thrifty man!" cried the doctor.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island

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