skinflint

noun
skin·flint | \ˈskin-ˌflint \

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

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But twenty and thirty-somethings aren't the only skinflint demographic. Riley Griffin, chicagotribune.com, "When it comes to tipping for service, millennials are cheapest," 18 June 2018 His James is the usual vain, dashing skinflint, yes. New York Times, "Review: Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville Lead a Hard-Run ‘Long Day’s Journey’," 13 May 2018 The primary offseason story was players’ dissatisfaction with the skinflint owners who launched Astros-style tank jobs all over the league. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "2018 MLB Awards Predictions: Who Will Take Home Baseball's Top Honors?," 27 Mar. 2018 At the center of the show is actor Larry Yando's smart, heartfelt portrayal of Scrooge, the skinflint whose spiritual transformation (prompted by some supernatural intervention) drives the story. Chicago Reader, "Thirteen holiday shows that will delight (or disgust or bore or just entertain) you," 21 Dec. 2017 The ’97 Marlins gave us the post-World Series fire sale, perhaps the event most emblematic of skinflint owners’ greed and shortsightedness in that era. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "Derek Jeter Will Have His Work Cut Out for Him as CEO of Unavailing Marlins," 12 Aug. 2017 CANCER (June 21-July 22): Walk the balance beam between being a skinflint and being overly generous. Jeraldine Saunders, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: May 12, 2017," 12 May 2017 The fact is that among recent administrations, at least, Democratic presidents have been the relative skinflints. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: Health care plan reflects GOP moral irresponsibility," 9 Mar. 2017 Brown’s entertaining rhetoric itself made him sound, as usual, like a skinflint, a penny-pinching scold. George Skelton, latimes.com, "While California spends liberally, the governor talks like a penny-pincher," 15 May 2017

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of skinflint

: a person who hates to spend money

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