\ ˈchin(t)-sē How to pronounce chintzy (audio) \
chintzier; chintziest

Definition of chintzy

1 : decorated with or as if with chintz
2a : gaudy, cheap chintzy toys
b : stingy

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Other Words from chintzy

chintziness noun

Examples of chintzy in a Sentence

The boss is chintzy about raises. for the party I want chintzy plates that we can throw away afterward
Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the staging came off as chintzy, with two go-go dancers/backing singers and a trio of musicians supplemented by backing tracks. Greg Kot,, "Concert review: Lana Del Rey luxuriates in turmoil at the Aragon," 9 Nov. 2019 On Broadway, under what looks like a thousand lights, in front of a crowd impatient to cheer, this makes him a chintzy Big Bad Wolf. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "The Legend of Tina Turner," 11 Nov. 2019 For one, the chintzy plastic in the headband has been replaced with sturdy anodized aluminum. Wired, "New Beats Solo Pro Headphones Add On-Ear Noise Canceling," 15 Oct. 2019 Maximalism is back, and chintz is no longer, well, chintzy. Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, "Grandmillennials, Rejoice! Chintz Is Back.," 6 Oct. 2019 Think of Succession, but in the guise of a chintzy, 90-minute horror movie. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ready or Not Puts a Comic Twist on a Deadly Game of Hide-and-Seek," 22 Aug. 2019 Then there’s the chintzy poster, all smiling movie-star faces looking in every single direction. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Can Netflix’s Set It Up Help Revive the Romantic Comedy?," 21 June 2018 Some complain soccer is a chintzy distraction from the sophistry of our ruling classes. Sean Williams, The New Republic, "England’s World Cup Team: the Anti-Brexit," 10 July 2018 Among the appealing chintzy synthesizers, this is an example of how Davis could say so much with only restrained, stuttering notes, never wandering the fretboard needlessly. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Reggie Lucas Dead at 65: 11 of His Essential Cuts as a Jazz Sideman," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of chintzy

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2020

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“Chintzy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chintzy

: not showing good taste : not tasteful or stylish
: poorly or cheaply done or made : of low quality
US, informal : not willing to spend money or give anything away : stingy or cheap

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