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

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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 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, "Column: The COVID relief bill isn’t nearly big enough," 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, "What about police violence against white people?," 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, "Review: Was Andy Warhol a saint or scourge, genius or dolt? A new biography befits a great life," 22 Apr. 2020 This skinflint foursome proudly refer to themselves as the Frugal Four. The Economist, "Charlemagne After Brexit, who will be the British of the EU?," 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,, "The new Scrooge is hot, and I don't know how to feel: Opinion," 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, "Dr. King honored in ideastream production with the Cleveland Orchestra: Strong Points," 19 Dec. 2019 Miami owner Joe Robbie was a famous skinflint; Nick, acting as his own agent, demanded double his pay, guaranteed. S.l. Price,, "‘I Feel Lost. I Feel Like a Child’: The Complicated Decline of Nick Buoniconti," 9 May 2017 Reaction to us as cheapskates: Our skinflint stratagems provoked no untoward response. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012

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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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28 Dec 2020

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“Skinflint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of skinflint

informal + disapproving : a person who hates to spend money

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