- frugal fru‧gal [ˈfruːgl] adjectivecareful 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.
* * *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 energy/water usefrugality 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.