\ 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 The chintzy couches of centuries past went straight out the door. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 1 Oct. 2021 This subcompact feels solidly built, and material quality is mostly commensurate with its price, although the hard, shiny plastic dashtop panel looks chintzy, especially in the top-spec SEL models that go for more than $30,000. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 26 May 2021 The idea is truly one-of-a-kind pieces alongside its own in-house brand, making lingerie special and bespoke, not chintzy and disposable. Hannah Morrill, Marie Claire, 8 Mar. 2021 Prepare for the big event by finding yourself some mice to transform into horses with the help of delightfully chintzy era-appropriate special effects. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 4 Feb. 2021 The Bruins are no longer a chintzy operation known for handing out below-market contracts, mostly to coaches such as Dorrell and Neuheisel who had ties to the school. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2020 Companies that offer it find themselves at a competitive disadvantage to chintzy companies that don’t. Steven Pearlstein Columnist, Washington Post, 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, 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, 20 Apr. 2020

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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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“Chintzy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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
: not willing to spend money or give anything away : stingy or cheap


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