\ 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

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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 The production, directed by Marina McClure in the Flea’s shallow downstairs space, looks chintzy and the young cast can’t always handle the tonal variations that the writing demands. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: In This Play, Her Boyfriend Dumps Her. Should She Find Love, or Herself?," 5 Feb. 2018 That’s Book Club through and through—a team of talented pro actors playing against scenery that’s too chintzy to ignore, but too shameless to really dislike. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Book Club Is a Delightful, White Wine–Drenched Romp," 16 May 2018 The Devil and Father Amorth is a somewhat chintzy celebration of that achievement, and an attempt to capture something authentic about its subject. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Myths and Realities Behind The Exorcist," 18 Apr. 2018 Up until now, Quinn has expressed his affection for chintzy wallpaper prints with traditional fabrics—silk or velvet, for example. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Top 10 Collections of London Fashion Week," 21 Feb. 2018 The Dude stumbles into this same surreal Hollywood underbelly and immediately wants to find an A.T.M. Black gleefully embraces it as well, with his aesthetic of pool parties, hillside mansions and chintzy baroque decadence. Charles Bramesco, New York Times, "The Little Lebowskis: 10 Righteous Heirs to a Coen Brothers’ Classic," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chintzy

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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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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