1. A thriving state; good husbandry; economical management in regard to property; frugality.
The rest, . . . willing to fall to thrift, prove very good husbands. --Spenser.
2. Success and advance in the acquisition of property; increase of worldly goods; gain; prosperity. “Your thrift is gone full clean.”
I have a mind presages me such thrift. --Shak.
3. Vigorous growth, as of a plant.
4. Bot. One of several species of flowering plants of the genera Statice and Armeria.
Common thrift Bot., Armeria vulgaris; -- also called sea pink.
Syn: -- Frugality; economy; prosperity; gain; profit.
n 1: any of numerous sun-loving low-growing evergreens of the
genus Armeria having round heads of pink or white
2: extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money
unnecessarily [syn: parsimony, parsimoniousness, penny-pinching]