penny-wise

adjective
pen·​ny-wise | \ ˈpe-nē-ˌwīz How to pronounce penny-wise (audio) \

Definition of penny-wise

: wise or prudent only in dealing with small sums or matters

First Known Use of penny-wise

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for penny-wise

from the phrase penny-wise and pound-foolish

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The first known use of penny-wise was in 1598

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“Penny-wise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penny-wise. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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