1) Suggesting physical hardship: imposing or suggesting physical hardship.

2) Unsmiling: grimly unsmiling, humorless, or suggesting strict self-denial.

3) Plain and without luxury: plain and simple, without luxury or self-indulgence.

4) Plain in style or design: severely plain in design or lines, without distractions or decoration.


The monks lived an austere life in the monastary.
by Jafje June 6, 2007
The sweetest guy you could ever meet.most adorable thing ever to be born.the love of my life and so much more.he's a keeper and all mine.
My Austers loves me!
by Cassy Manning June 8, 2011
For an individual to act hard at all times, even when not necessary. An abundance of being hard.
He has bad austerism.
You need to get past your austerism, your not hard.
by The Realist Ever December 4, 2010
(ECONOMICS) when a government has to restructure spending by massively cutting social programs, development programs, and subsidies on basic necessities. Often accompanied by taxes increases, especially on lower incomes (since the poor cannot escape tax hikes).
Usually we use the term "austerity program" when the government in question has to backtrack on its ideological commitments. An example of this is France, after June 1982. The Socialist government of Mitterrand had just implemented a raft of major new social welfare programs, and was promptly forced to cut everything back when the deficit ballooned.
by Abu Yahya May 5, 2010
The trend of shunning ostentatious displays of wealth in favour of frugal spending which you will brag about to all your friends whether you are affected by the recession or not
She won't buy organic food anymore - she says it's such as luxury - she nows shop at wal-mart for everything which is so austerity chic.
by sheikh bob frank May 6, 2009
I got an austerity recompense of Knicks tickets from that old guy because I didn't hook up with that girl he's macking on. Suhweet.
by madrastrans January 13, 2011
a very financially tight christmas
Are you getting the ipad this chrismas?

Nah man, we're having an austerity christmas
by Lbowmonster November 25, 2011