cheap·​skate | \ ˈchēp-ˌskāt How to pronounce cheapskate (audio) \

Definition of cheapskate

: 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 Rhodes Memorial, in other words, is not of the cheapskate, Soviet variety. Hedley Twidle, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Working against this is that as long as Fisher keeps payroll rock-bottom and doesn’t mind criticism of his cheapskate business model, the A’s are still profitable. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 May 2021 DeJoy was a rabid Yankees fan, a fierce opponent of organized labor, a maestro with profanity, a cheapskate professionally but a showoff personally, and a sharp dresser who sometimes welcomed tailors to his office and enforced a strict dress code. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2020 Or just follow the cheapskates to YouTube, where tens of thousands of free karaoke vids are a search away. Michael Calore, Wired, 19 May 2020 Parking enforcement should crack down on the cheapskates. Lake County News-Sun, 24 May 2018 But for the cheapskates crafty folk among us, there’s no better stamp than a potato. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2020 The offline mapping data on Google Maps won't work for the serious backpacker, but a cheapskate on a leisurely hike, there are worse options. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, 3 July 2019 There are cheapskates galore, dissemblers, busybodies, dullards and charlatans. A.e. Stallings, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of cheapskate

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cheapskate was in 1898

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30 Nov 2021

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“Cheapskate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cheapskate

: a person who does not like to spend money


cheap·​skate | \ ˈchēp-ˌskāt How to pronounce cheapskate (audio) \

Kids Definition of cheapskate

: a stingy person

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