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stingy

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adjective stin·gy \ˈstin-jē\

Simple Definition of stingy

  • : not liking or wanting to give or spend money : not generous

  • : small in size or amount

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stingy

stingierstingiest

  1. 1 :  not generous or liberal :  sparing or scant in using, giving, or spending <stingy with the salt> <stingy employee benefits>

  2. 2 :  meanly scanty or small <stingy portions of meat>

stingily play \-jə-lē\ adverb
stinginess play \-jē-nəs\ noun

Examples of stingy in a sentence

  1. The company was too stingy to raise salaries.

  2. <until his redemption, Ebenezer Scrooge is the classic example of a very stingy, heartless miser>



Origin of stingy

perhaps from English dialect *stinge, noun, sting; akin to Old English stingan to sting


First Known Use: 1659

Synonym Discussion of stingy

stingy, close, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, miserly mean being unwilling or showing unwillingness to share with others. stingy implies a marked lack of generosity <a stingy child, not given to sharing>. close suggests keeping a tight grip on one's money and possessions <folks who are very close when charity calls>. niggardly implies giving or spending the very smallest amount possible <the niggardly amount budgeted for the town library>. parsimonious suggests a frugality so extreme as to lead to stinginess <a parsimonious lifestyle notably lacking in luxuries>. penurious implies niggardliness that gives an appearance of actual poverty <the penurious eccentric bequeathed a fortune>. miserly suggests a sordid avariciousness and a morbid pleasure in hoarding <a miserly couple devoid of social conscience>.

Rhymes with stingy


STINGY Defined for Kids

stingy

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adjective stin·gy \ˈstin-jē\

Definition of stingy for Students

stingierstingiest

  1. 1 :  not generous

  2. 2 :  very small in amount <a stingy portion>

stinginess \-jē-nəs\ noun




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