1. Economical in the use or appropriation of resources; not wasteful or lavish; wise in the expenditure or application of force, materials, time, etc.; characterised by frugality; sparing; economical; saving; as, a frugal housekeeper; frugal of time. I oft admire How nature, wise and frugal, could commit Such disproportions. (Milton)
2. Obtained by, or appropriate to, economy; as, a frugal fortune. Frugal fare.
Origin: L. Frugalis, fr. Frugi, lit, for fruit; hence, fit for food, useful, proper, temperate, the dative of frux, frugis, fruit, akin to E. Fruit: cf. F. Frugal. See fruit.