frugal fru‧gal [ˈfruːgl] adjective
careful to buy only what is necessary:

• The pay settlement must be frugal in order to avoid layoffs.

• People who rely on the basic retirement pension must live a frugal existence.

• We're having to be very frugal with our training budget this year.

— frugality noun [uncountable] :

• Most departments were being told to cut spending and practise frugality again this year.

— frugally adverb :

• If you want to retire young, you'll have to live frugally and invest wisely.

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frugal UK US /ˈfruːgəl/ adjective
careful to use only as much money, food, etc. as is necessary: »

He built up his savings by being very frugal.


frugal habits/living/lifestyle


frugal energy/water use

frugality noun [U]

Will consumer spending bounce back after the recession, or is there a new spirit of frugality?

frugally adverb

It will become necessary to use the Earth's resources more frugally.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • frugal — frugal, ale, aux [ frygal, o ] adj. • 1534; lat. imp. frugalis 1 ♦ Qui consiste en aliments simples, peu recherchés, peu abondants. Nourriture frugale, repas frugal. 2 ♦ Qui se contente d une nourriture simple. ⇒ sobre. « Sénèque était frugal;… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • frugal — FRUGÁL, Ă, frugali, e, adj. (Despre mese, prânzuri) Alcătuit din bucate puţine (şi simple). – Din fr. frugal, lat. frugalis. Trimis de RACAI, 21.11.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  FRUGÁL adj. uşor. (O masă frugal.) Trimis de siveco, 05.08.2004. Sursa:… …   Dicționar Român

  • frugal — frugal, ale, (fru gal, ga l ) adj. Qui se contente d une nourriture simple, d aliments peu recherchés. Il est très frugal. •   Sénèque était frugal ; riche, il vivait comme s il eût été pauvre, DIDER. Claude et Nér. II, 37.    Il se dit des… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frugal — Adj einfach, gesund und nahrhaft erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. frugal, dieses aus l. frūgālis Nutzen bringend, zu den Früchten gehörig , zu l. frūx ( ūgis) Frucht, Getreide , zu l. fruī von etwas Genuß haben …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • frugal — adjetivo 1. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Uso/registro: elevado. Que es poco abundante o moderado: cena frugal, frugal almuerzo, vida frugal. 2. Uso/registro: elevado. Que actúa con sobriedad y moderación en la comida y en la bebida: Es una persona… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • frugal — FRUGAL, [fruga]le. adj. Sobre, Qui se contente de peu pour sa nourriture. Il est extremement frugal. il meine une vie fort frugale. On dit, Repas frugal, table frugale, pour dire, Un repas, une table où il n y a à manger que ce qu il faut… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • frugal — [fro͞o′gəl] adj. [L frugalis < frugi, fit for food, hence proper, worthy, frugal, orig. dat. of frux (gen. frugis), fruits, produce: for IE base see FRUIT] 1. not wasteful; not spending freely or unnecessarily; thrifty; economical 2. not… …   English World dictionary

  • frugal — 1590s, from M.Fr. frugal, from L. frugalis, from undeclined adj. frugi useful, proper, worthy, honest; temperate, economical, originally dative of frux (pl. fruges) fruit, produce, figuratively value, result, success, related to fructus (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • frugal — »einfach (aber gesund und nahrhaft)«: Das Adjektiv wurde im 18./19. Jh. entlehnt aus frz. frugal < lat. frugalis »zu den Früchten gehörig, fruchtig«; zu lat. frux (frugis), vgl. ↑ Frucht. Gemeint ist also eigentlich das ländlich bäuerliche… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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