\ 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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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 Companies that offer it find themselves at a competitive disadvantage to chintzy companies that don’t. Steven Pearlstein Columnist, Washington Post, "Four ways for Joe Biden to reset our polarized and dysfunctional politics," 1 July 2020 Everybody was a little TV Guide: Check out this terrible rom-com, this chintzy thriller nobody’s been talking about. The New Yorker, "Quarantine Culture Recommendations: Thomas Mann, “The Wedding Party,” and Tracy Chapman," 23 Mar. 2020 Some areas, such as the instrument panel and tablet-style infotainment screen, look like high-quality pieces, but others come off as chintzy: The door-trim panels are spare, hard plastic surfaces abound, and even the gauges look cheap. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Compact SUV Battle: Ford vs. Honda vs. Mazda vs. Subaru vs. Toyota vs. VW," 20 Apr. 2020 Many reward currencies can also be spent on merchandise, gift cards, magazine subscriptions, and other items—often at chintzy values. Sara Clemence,, "The Quarantine Guide to Points and Miles," 28 Apr. 2020 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

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First Known Use of chintzy

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Chintzy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 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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