cheapskate

noun

cheap·​skate ˈchēp-ˌskāt How to pronounce cheapskate (audio)
: a miserly or stingy person
especially : one who tries to avoid paying a fair share of costs or expenses

Examples of cheapskate in a Sentence

a cheapskate who lived like a pauper, she was reputedly the wealthiest woman in the U.S. at the time of her death
Recent Examples on the Web The best choice for total cheapskates Maybe listening to a football game isn’t ideal. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 The company explained that the system, which is being tested in random locations around the U.S. and Canada, is intended to create incentives against cheapskates. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2023 Supporters of the new verification system have criticized those unwilling to pay as cheapskates or worse, and the argument would have an internal sort of logic if the new product did the same thing as the old product. Brian Fung, CNN, 24 Apr. 2023 Andy’s a cheapskate. Phillip Picardi, Vogue, 16 Dec. 2020 Clearly, this isn't your cheapskate uncle's Spectra. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 6 Dec. 2022 Buffett may be, like Scrooge, kind of a cheapskate with personal expenditures, but unlike Scrooge (and unlike Gramm), Buffett believes that the wealthy are undertaxed. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 22 Sep. 2022 When the Halos somehow lucked into Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani — the best player in baseball and the most exciting, respectively — Moreno suddenly turned into a cheapskate and didn’t surround them with a competitive team. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022 The Rhodes Memorial, in other words, is not of the cheapskate, Soviet variety. Hedley Twidle, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheapskate was in 1898

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“Cheapskate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheapskate. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

cheapskate

noun
cheap·​skate ˈchēp-ˌskāt How to pronounce cheapskate (audio)
: a miserly or stingy person
especially : one who tries to avoid paying his or her fair share
Etymology

-skate from earlier skate "a person," probably from a dialect word skite, meaning "an offensive person"

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