Thrift (?), n. [Icel. þrift. See
Thrive.] 1. A thriving state; good husbandry;
economical management in regard to property; frugality.
The rest, . . . willing to fall to thrift, prove very
good husbands. Spenser.
2. Success and advance in the acquisition of
property; increase of worldly goods; gain; prosperity. "Your
thrift is gone full clean." Chaucer.
I have a mind presages me such thrift.
3. Vigorous growth, as of a plant.
4. (Bot.) One of several species of
flowering plants of the genera Statice and Armeria.
Common thrift (Bot.), Armeria
vulgaris; -- also called sea pink.
Syn. -- Frugality; economy; prosperity; gain; profit.