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

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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 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, "Louis DeJoy was always his own boss. Whom does he serve now?," 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, "All the Gear You Need to Throw a DIY Karaoke Party," 19 May 2020 Parking enforcement should crack down on the cheapskates. Lake County News-Sun, "Talk of the County: President Trump is not a liar," 24 May 2018 But for the cheapskates crafty folk among us, there’s no better stamp than a potato. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "These Plantable Valentines Are Sweet and Easy to DIY," 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, "These Apps Will Keep You From Getting Lost in the Outdoors," 3 July 2019 There are cheapskates galore, dissemblers, busybodies, dullards and charlatans. A.e. Stallings, WSJ, "‘Characters’ Review: You Know the Types," 7 Dec. 2018 That probably describes cheapskates, who likely balk at paying finance charges for carrying a balance. Gregory Karp, The Seattle Times, "A cheapskate’s guide to shopping for credit cards," 16 Oct. 2018 Many cheapskates might find paying an annual fee for a credit card too much to stomach when so many cards, even ones with competitive rewards, charge none. Gregory Karp, The Seattle Times, "A cheapskate’s guide to shopping for credit cards," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of cheapskate

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Cheapskate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cheapskate

informal : 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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