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spendthrift

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj spendthrift recklessly wasteful "prodigal in their expenditures"
    • n spendthrift someone who spends money prodigally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spendthrift One who spends money profusely or improvidently; a prodigal; one who lavishes or wastes his estate. Also used figuratively. "A woman who was a generous spendthrift of life."
    • a Spendthrift Prodigal; extravagant; wasteful.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spendthrift One who spends lavishly, improvidently, or foolishly; an unthrifty spender; a prodigal.
    • spendthrift Wastefully spending or spent; lavish; improvident; wasteful; prodigal: as, a spendthrift heir; spendthrift ways.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spendthrift spend′thrift one who spends the savings of thrift: a prodigal
    • adj Spendthrift excessively lavish
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Quotations

  • Paul Scherer
    Paul Scherer
    “Love is a spendthrift, leaves it arithmetic at home, is always in the red.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
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    “The spendthrift robs his heirs the miser robs himself.”

Usage

In literature:

Through their riches, they are oftentimes spendthrift in food and in vestments, and they drink wines of price.
"German Culture Past and Present" by Ernest Belfort Bax
Then all of a sudden she turned spendthrift.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
There were industrious farm-servants and spendthrift sons of gentlemen among them.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 444" by Various
Buffalmacco was a merry wag, and a careless spendthrift, and died in the public hospital.
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art, (Vol. 2 of 3)" by Shearjashub Spooner
An insurance policy has often changed the habits of an entire family from thriftlessness and spendthrift tendencies to thrift and order.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
After a brief career of spendthrift extravagance in Australia, we never heard of him again.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
He certainly has claims to be considered the most remarkable spendthrift on record.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Mrs Stoutley had formerly been a spendthrift; now she was become covetous.
"Rivers of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
Consider that bloody spendthrift, War.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
And he was well past the spendthrift age.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
But the prince was known all over Europe as a handsome spendthrift.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
JAMES is a great spendthrift of human life.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, May 1844" by Various
A reckless spendthrift whilst penniless, he became a miser when he found himself possessor of five thousand pounds.
"The Romance Of Giovanni Calvotti" by David Christie Murray
Philip's father was a spendthrift.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
All I know is that he ain't no spendthrift.
"Mary Louise in the Country" by L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
It was spendthrift, even if a good buy.
"Measure for a Loner" by James Judson Harmon
FRIEND'S SHINS, SELFISH SNEAKS, SPENDTHRIFTS.
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
Like a spendthrift in the midst of a winning game, I still watched eagerly and ungratefully for manatees.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
And to treat them as if they were extravagant, silly little spendthrifts!
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
He was a spendthrift and a waster.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
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In poetry:

And so they called it "vale of Spring,"
This dear Harmonia's home;
Where Beauty shed, with spendthrift wing,
Her bloom.
"The Angels Of Earth" by James Avis Bartley
Which I count with a curious smile
As a miser who hoardeth his gain,
Though, a madhearted spendthrift the while,
I but gather to waste again.
"Love Platonic" by Richard Le Gallienne
Pale ruler of the heavens, with lavish hands,
The spendthrift Moon arose,
And spilt her silver out across the land,
Alike on friends and foes.
"The Good Queen" by Charles Hanson Towne
If youth could understand the tears and sorrow,
The sombre days that age and knowledge bring,
It would not be so eager for the morrow
Or spendthrift of the spring.
"The Unknowing" by Virna Sheard
Woe unto him, who was in Childhood wild,
In youth, a spendthrift, and a churl, in age!
Since he, thereby, has Satan's will fulfill'd,
Throughout his life, in ev'ry diff'rent stage.
"Advice, To Guard Against The Temptations Of The Devil " by Rees Prichard
All too soon comes Winter's grief,
Spendthrift Love's false friends turn foes;
Softly comes Old Age, the thief,
Steals the rapture, leaves the throes:
Love his mantle round him throws,--
'Time to say Good-by; it snows.'
"Scherzo" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

One contentious question (among many) was the degree of "automaticity" in imposing sanctions on the spendthrift.
From the American RadioWorks Tightwads and Spendthrifts feature description.
Spendthrift Farm's multiple grade II winner Crown of Thorns has been retired from racing because of a nagging knee problem.
Uncle Sam is a freewheeling spendthrift, but he isn't willing to pick up the tab for your electric bill .
Dubai Jitters Infect Debt of Sovereign Spendthrifts.
At Spendthrift, it all begins in the breeding shed.
Love & Money: Guarding Against a Spendthrift Spouse.
Court Vision has been purchased privately by Spendthrift Farm and will be trained by Dale Romans through the remainder of the season before retiring to stud, Spendthrift 's general manager Ned Toffey confirmed Aug 26.
Paddy O'Prado Back at Spendthrift .
David complained that his eldest son was quite the spendthrift, and was always writing home from college requesting more money.
For inquiries on these stallions and Spendthrift 's Share The Upside program, contact Ken Wilkins, Des Dempsey, or Sean Feld at 888 816-8787.
Replace spendthrift officials LETTER TO THE EDITOR.
Spendthrift to Stand Dublin in New York.
Spendthrift Farm announced that it has purchased recently retired.
"We are thrilled with the addition of Paddy O'Prado to the Spendthrift Farm stallion roster and to our very popular 'Share The Upside' program," said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift 's general manager.
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