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Why is 'spendthrift' not thrifty? Any other words like this?

A spendthrift is one who spends their thrift (i.e., their savings, the fruit of their thrift). Thus, thrift actually has the same meaning in this compound as it does normally. We don't have that many ...
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Why is 'spendthrift' not thrifty? Any other words like this?

Note that spendthrift is a noun. It denotes a person who is spendthrifty (exhibits the behavioural trait of spendthiftiness). All three of those highlighted terms are in the full Oxford English ...
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