Simple Definition of stingy
: not liking or wanting to give or spend money : not generous
: small in size or amount
Examples of stingy
The company was too stingy to raise salaries.
<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 Defined for Kids
Definition of stingy
1 : not generous
2 : very small in amount <a stingy portion>
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