noun Date: 1584 a person who spends improvidently or wastefully • spendthrift adjective

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  • spendthrift — spend·thrift 1 / spend ˌthrift/ n: a person who spends money foolishly, profusely, or wastefully spendthrift 2 adj 1: of, relating to, or being a spendthrift 2: of or relating to a spendthrift trust Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. M …   Law dictionary

  • spendthrift — spendthrift, prodigal, profligate, waster, wastrel are comparable when they denote a person who dissipates his resources foolishly and wastefully. All are more or less pejorative terms but they may differ significantly in emphasis and application …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • spendthrift — spend‧thrift [ˈspendˌθrɪft] noun [countable] someone who spends money in a careless and wasteful way, even when they do not have a lot of it * * * Ⅰ. spendthrift UK US /ˈspendθrɪft/ noun [C] ► someone who spends too much money without thinking… …   Financial and business terms

  • Spendthrift — Spend thrift , n. One who spends money profusely or improvidently; a prodigal; one who lavishes or wastes his estate. Also used figuratively. [1913 Webster] A woman who was a generous spendthrift of life. Mrs. R. H. Davis. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spendthrift — Spend thrift, a. Prodigal; extravagant; wasteful. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spendthrift — c.1600, from SPEND (Cf. spend) + THRIFT (Cf. thrift) in sense of savings, profits, wealth. Replaced earlier scattergood (1570s) and spend all (1550s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • spendthrift — [n] person careless with money big spender*, dissipater, high roller*, improvident, imprudent, prodigal, profligate, spender, sport, squanderer, waster, wastrel; concepts 348,353,423 Ant. miser, saver …   New thesaurus

  • spendthrift — ► NOUN ▪ a person who spends money in an extravagant, irresponsible way …   English terms dictionary

  • spendthrift — [spend′thrift΄] n. a person who spends money carelessly or wastefully; squanderer adj. wasteful; extravagant …   English World dictionary

  • Spendthrift — A spendthrift (also called profligate) is someone who spends money prodigiously and who is extravagant and recklessly wasteful. The origin of the word is someone who is able to spend money acquired by the thrift of predecessors or… …   Wikipedia

  • spendthrift — [[t]spe̱ndθrɪft[/t]] spendthrifts N COUNT (disapproval) If you call someone a spendthrift, you mean that they spend too much money. ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Spendthrift is also an adjective. ...his father s spendthrift ways …   English dictionary

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