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thrifty

Thriving, growing vigorously, and being healthy, esp. when assessing the health status of animals or plants.

thrifty

said of livestock that put on body weight or produce in other ways with a minimum of feed. The opposite of illthrift.
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Nikita was a peasant of about fifty from a neighbouring village, 'not a manager' as the peasants said of him, meaning that he was not the thrifty head of a household but lived most of his time away from home as a labourer.
Higginbotham was too thrifty to keep a servant when his wife could do the work.
Whatever thrifty, hard-working farmer folk might think of gay, Bohemian Blair Stanley in his absence, in his presence even they liked him, by the grace of some winsome, lovable quality in the soul of him.