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Not a hand was raised—for his worst enemies could not deny that he was temperate and frugal.

It was about sunset, and the family were at their frugal meal.

His memento mori was in his bed-chamber, and sat by him at his frugal meal.

We had a frugal meal of bread, cheese, and cider set before us.

What does it matter if some may sneer at your thread-bare carpets and frugal fare?

Aunt Debby's got what the piece in the Reader used to call a 'frugal mind.'

It was late, however, and after a frugal supper, Robbie went off to bed.

Something of this was in his mind as he pushed away from their frugal breakfast-table.

Indeed, they had often seen us, and had watched us when we slept or took our frugal meals.

There, too, are the fifteen cents wherewith to pay for my frugal luncheon.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, from Middle French frugal, from Latin frugalis, from undeclined adj. frugi "useful, proper, worthy, honest; temperate, economical," originally dative of frux (plural fruges) "fruit, produce," figuratively "value, result, success," related to fructus (see fruit). Sense evolved in Latin from "useful" to "profitable" to "economical." Related: Frugally.

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