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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: Latin frux 'fruit, value'

frugal

adjective
     
fru‧gal
1 careful to buy only what is necessary [≠ extravagant]:
As children we were taught to be frugal and hard-working.
He led a remarkably frugal existence.
2 a frugal meal is a small meal of plain food [= simple; ≠ extravagant]:
a frugal breakfast
frugally adverb
frugality noun [uncountable]

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