skin·​flint | \ ˈskin-ˌflint How to pronounce skinflint (audio) \

Definition of skinflint

: a person who would save, gain, or extort money by any means : miser

Examples of skinflint in a Sentence

She is a penny-pinching skinflint. the team's owner is a skinflint whose penny-pinching ways keeps the team from acquiring any real talent
Recent Examples on the Web The skinflint editor played, lackadaisically, by Mr. Murray is based on Harold Ross. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 In truth, that prudence was forced on the Legislature by former Gov. Jerry Brown, a fiscal skinflint compared with the liberal Newsom. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 Despite the benefits in this measure, U.S. pandemic relief remains among the most skinflint, cheeseparing packages in the developed world. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2020 Both political parties have endorsed a modest rate of taxation of the rich, and a wretched, skinflint system of welfare and social services. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, 9 June 2020 The second is a series of apologies and excuses for a tax cheat, voyeur-sadist, bad son, skinflint, publicity hound, social climber, shopaholic. Stephen Metcalf, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2020 This skinflint foursome proudly refer to themselves as the Frugal Four. The Economist, 30 Jan. 2020 Here, Scrooge is not simply a skinflint who refuses to donate to the poor and won’t give his employee a day off. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 19 Dec. 2019 Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, 10-year-old Mia Tang’s parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao, is a nasty skinflint who exploits them. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of skinflint

circa 1699, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of skinflint was circa 1699

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“Skinflint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of skinflint

: a person who hates to spend money

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