transitive verb

: to give out money to in a niggardly manner
takes a sinister but fascinating kind of joy in … penny-pinching his own familyJames Yaffe
: deprive of funds by petty economy
penny-pinched himself out of … millions of dollarsS. N. Behrman

Word History


back-formation from penny pincher

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“Penny-pinch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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