Simple Definition of parsimonious
: very unwilling to spend money
Examples of parsimonious in a sentence
A society that is parsimonious in its personal charity (in terms of both time and money) will require more government welfare. —William J. Bennett, The Death of Outrage, 1998
Their merchant princes were supposed to be parsimonious and austere: fustian in apparel and coarse in diet. —Simon Schama, The Embarrassment of Riches, 1988
With saints, Dante is apathetic. They are written with a dry pen, and parsimonious vision. —Robert Lowell, Collected Prose, 1987
<a parsimonious woman who insists that charity begins—and ends—at home>
Did You Know?
English isn't stingy when it comes to synonyms of parsimonious. Stingy, close, penurious, and miserly are a few terms that, like parsimonious, suggest an unwillingness to share with others. Stingy implies a marked lack of generosity, whereas close suggests keeping a tight grip on one's money and possessions. Penurious implies frugality that gives an appearance of actual poverty, and miserly suggests avariciousness and a morbid pleasure in hoarding. Parsimonious usually suggests an extreme frugality that borders on stinginess.
Origin and Etymology of parsimonious
First Known Use: 1598
Synonym Discussion of parsimonious
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