how to pronounce thrift


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thrift is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of thrift in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… strip malls saw thrift stores pawn shops …”

meanings of thrift


  1. Any of various plants of the genus Armeria, particularly Armeria maritima.
  2. A savings bank.
  3. The characteristic of using a minimum of something (especially money).
  4. Success and advance in the acquisition of property; increase of worldly goods; gain; prosperity; profit.
  5. Vigorous growth, as of a plant.


  1. To obtain from a thrift shop.


  1. A surname​.

thrift frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word thrift occurs in english on average 9.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics thrift can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that thrift can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) leisure and entertainment;

words with pronunciation similar to thrift


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