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- adj. Not thrifty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not thrifty; profuse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Profitless; foolish; wretched.
- Not thrifty; not careful of one's means; prodigal; profuse; lavish; wasteful.
- Not thriving; not in good condition; not vigorous in growth.
- Preventing thrift or thriving; mischievous; wicked.
It was said, too, that his living was riotous and unthrifty, which is, in part, the customary sin of soldiership.
In one of his early sonnets, Shakespeare wittily turns such "unthrifty" wasting into economic malpractice:
She and her husband had an ailing child, born healthy but then turned puny and unthrifty.
To send away another man, were to harass the sentinels to death — unthrifty misuse for a household.
A farmer in Indiana left his valuable farm in trust to his unthrifty son, to go to his granddaughter on her twenty-first birthday.
Who would be thence that has the benefit of access? every wink of an eye some new grace will be born: our absence makes us unthrifty to our knowledge.
Washing for gold supports the inhabitants of numerous hovels, scattered along the sides of each little rivulet; but, like all those whose gains are uncertain, they are unthrifty in their habits, and consequently poor.
He drew only Panurge aside, and then, making to him a sweet remonstrance and mild admonition, very gently represented before him in strong arguments, that, if he should continue in such an unthrifty course of living, and not become a better mesnagier, it would prove altogether impossible for him, or at least hugely difficult, at any time to make him rich.
Although Prince Hal does not appear in person in Richard II, he is referred to by his disappointed father as an 'unthrifty son' (5.3).
In another study, Dr. Cheeke found that after 11 days on a corn-amaranth diet, rats (which weighed 120 g initially) "had an unthrifty hunched-up appearance, and exhibited symptoms typical of semi-starvation".