chintzier; chintziest
1
: decorated with or as if with chintz
2
a
: gaudy, cheap
chintzy toys
b
: stingy
chintziness noun

Example Sentences

The boss is chintzy about raises. for the party I want chintzy plates that we can throw away afterward
Recent Examples on the Web Deep in the dank basement of a Chelsea Gristedes, behind a chintzy black curtain, a life-size cardboard cutout of Patti LuPone has been folded into quarters and stuffed beneath a plastic table. Vulture, 22 Aug. 2022 Some faux fur pillows may have a tendency to look cheap and chintzy, but this one looks anything but. Jennifer Carmichael, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Oct. 2022 But come fall, anyone who’s ever bought a school supply—even a chintzy, plastic protractor—might feel a stirring of initiative in their sunburned loins. Wsj Off Duty Editors, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2022 The centerpiece of her home’s library is a chintzy ottoman with a pink, cream and green print replete with a ruffle along the bottom. New York Times, 16 Aug. 2022 Next door to the Haywood ranch is a chintzy amusement park operated by Ricky, who’s still coasting on the notoriety of his childhood sitcom horror, though completely unable to articulate the experience plainly. David Sims, The Atlantic, 20 July 2022 Puff-sleeve and tiered versions lean into a chintzy parlor look, but some of our favorite jacquard florals juxtapose the prim fabric with shorter hemlines and tiny tie-straps. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 May 2022 Through the power of Rob’s imagination (and some chintzy CGI), those wooden sculptures come to temporary life. Nick Schager, Variety, 20 Jan. 2022 British designer Richard Quinn has been designing full-face coverings for quite some time, albeit in more soothing prints, like chintzy florals. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of chintzy was in 1851

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“Chintzy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chintzy. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

chintzy

adjective
chintzier; chintziest
1
: decorated with or as if with chintz
2
a
: not tasteful or stylish
b
: of low quality
3
: stingy
chintziness noun
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