thriftless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj thriftless careless of the future
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Thriftless Without thrift; not prudent or prosperous in money affairs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • thriftless Having no thrift, frugality, or good management; profuse; extravagant.
    • thriftless Producing no gain; unprofitable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Thriftless not thrifty: extravagant: not thriving
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Thrive.

Usage

In literature:

No, my friend, it is not true that the poverty of the poor is due to their sins, thriftlessness and intemperance.
"The Common Sense of Socialism" by John Spargo
They were intemperate and thriftless, and passed the voyage in disorder.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
The slovenly and thriftless are overrun with them.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
The lazy and thriftless Meos of the southern part of the district are a great contrast to the Ahirs.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
The tenants could not make a living, especially as they were ignorant and generally thriftless.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Not a word is left unsaid that can flatter the criminal or encourage the thriftless.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
A toom pantry maks a thriftless gudewife.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Knowing how particular his father was, he was greatly surprised at the thriftless look of everything.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
Yet the one who pointed out this strangely-common error was a child belonging to one of the most thriftless of these frontier families.
"The Cabin on the Prairie" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
I have the thriftless conscience of a bird!
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
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In poetry:

When leave, long overdue, none can deny;
When idleness of all Eternity
Becomes our furlough, and the marigold
Our thriftless, bullion-minting Treasury
"The Last Department" by Rudyard Kipling
''Twas then I saw (alas! owre clear!)
Your future thriftless, lost career!
And while some blam'd, wi' boding fear,
The tunefu' art,
Your moral pride and truth sincere
Aye wan my heart.
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill
"Who hath not Prudence" — what was it I said,
Of Her who paints her Eyes and tires Her Head,
And gibes and mocks and People in the Street,
And fawns upon them for Her thriftless Bread?
"The Rupaiyat of Omar Kal'vin" by Rudyard Kipling
''Tis then (youth's vain vagaries past,
That please a while, but fash at last)
Serious, our ee we backward cast
On bygane frays,
And, marvelling, mourn the thriftless waste
O' former days!
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill
Ye flowering plains and winding stream!
Ye stately towers! whar morn's first beam
Mild glittering glints wi' gowden gleam!
Yours was the crime:
Ye first entic'd his youth to dream
In thriftless rhime!
"The Links O' Forth : Or, A Parting Peep At The Carse O' Sterling" by Hector MacNeill