Definition of frugal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfruːɡl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfruːɡl//
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  1. 1using only as much money or food as is necessary a frugal existence/life He has always been hard-working and frugal. a frugal Methodist background opposite extravagant
  2. 2(of meals) small, plain and not costing very much synonym meagre a frugal lunch of bread and cheese
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin frugalis, from frugi ‘economical, thrifty’, from frux, frug- ‘fruit’.Extra examples She comes from a frugal Methodist background. She has a frugal breakfast of oatcakes and tea. The monks lead a frugal existence in their isolated monastery.
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