adjective stin·gy \ˈstin-jē\

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

: small in size or amount


Full Definition of STINGY

:  not generous or liberal :  sparing or scant in using, giving, or spending <stingy with the salt> <stingy employee benefits>
:  meanly scanty or small <stingy portions of meat>
stin·gi·ly \-jə-lē\ adverb
stin·gi·ness \-jē-nəs\ noun

Examples of STINGY

  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

STINGINESS Defined for Kids


adjective stin·gy \ˈstin-jē\

Definition of STINGY for Kids

:  not generous
:  very small in amount <a stingy portion>
stin·gi·ness \-jē-nəs\ noun


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