|Origin:||Latin frux 'fruit, value'|
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.
a frugal meal is a small meal of plain food [= simple; ≠ extravagant]:
a frugal breakfast
—frugality noun [uncountable]