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[froo-guh l] /ˈfru gəl/

economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful:
What your office needs is a frugal manager who can save you money without resorting to painful cutbacks.
Synonyms: thrifty, chary, provident, careful, prudent, penny-wise, scrimping; miserly, Scotch, penny-pinching.
Antonyms: wasteful, extravagant, spendthrift, prodigal, profligate.
entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager; scanty:
a frugal meal.
Synonyms: scant, slim, sparing, skimpy.
Antonyms: luxurious, lavish, profuse.
[froo-gal-i-tee] /fruˈgæl ɪ ti/
the quality of being , or prudent in saving; the lack of wastefulness:
Many people who have lived through periods of economic deprivation develop lifelong habits of frugality and are almost never tempted by wasteful consumption.
practising economy; living without waste; thrifty
not costly; meagre

1590s, from Middle French frugal, from Latin frugalis, from undeclined adj. frugi “useful, proper, worthy, honest; temperate, economical,” originally dative of frux (plural fruges) “fruit, produce,” figuratively “value, result, success,” related to fructus (see fruit). Sense evolved in Latin from “useful” to “profitable” to “economical.” Related: Frugally.

1530s, from Middle French frugalité (14c.), from Latin frugalitatem (nominative frugalitas) “thriftiness, temperance, frugality,” from frugalis (see frugal).


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