Thrift vs Extravagant - What's the difference?

thrift | extravagant |

As a noun thrift

is (uncountable) the characteristic of using a minimum of something (especially money).

As an adjective extravagant is

exceeding the bounds of something; roving; hence, foreign.



(wikipedia thrift)


  • (uncountable) The characteristic of using a minimum of something (especially money).
  • His thrift can be seen in how little the trashman takes from his house.
  • * (rfdate) Spenser
  • The rest, willing to fall to thrift , prove very good husbands.
  • * (Ambrose Bierce)
  • (countable, US) A savings bank.
  • Usually home mortgages are obtained from thrifts .
  • (countable) Any of various plants of the genus Armeria , particularly .
  • (obsolete) Success and advance in the acquisition of property; increase of worldly goods; gain; prosperity.
  • * 1380+ , (Geoffrey Chaucer), (The Canterbury Tales)
  • Medleth na-more with that art, I mene, / For, if ye doon, your thrift is goon ful clene.
  • * : Act I, Scene I:
  • I have a mind presages me such thrift .
  • (obsolete) Vigorous growth, as of a plant.
  • Synonyms

    *(characteristic of using a minimum of something) frugality


    * spendthrift

    Derived terms

    * thrifty * thrift shop * thrift store





    (en adjective)
  • Exceeding the bounds of something; roving; hence, foreign.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • The extravagant and erring spirit hies / To his confine.
  • Extreme; wild; excessive; unrestrained.
  • * Addison
  • There appears something nobly wild and extravagant in great natural geniuses.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess), chapter=1 citation , passage=The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. […] The bed was the most extravagant piece. Its graceful cane halftester rose high towards the cornice and was so festooned in carved white wood that the effect was positively insecure, as if the great couch were trimmed with icing sugar.}}
  • Exorbitant.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.}}
  • Profuse in expenditure; prodigal; wasteful.
  • (Bancroft)


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