, fr. frugi
, lit., for fruit
; hence, fit for food, useful, proper, temperate, the dative of frux
, fruit, akin to E. fruit
: cf. F. frugal
. See Fruit
- Economical in the use or appropriation of resources; not wasteful or lavish; wise in the expenditure or application of force, materials, time, etc.; characterized by frugality; sparing; economical; saving; as, a frugal housekeeper; frugal of time.
I oft admire
How Nature, wise and frugal, could commit
- Obtained by, or appropriate to, economy; as, a frugal fortune. "Frugal fare."