stin·​gy | \ ˈstin-jē How to pronounce stingy (audio) \
stingier; stingiest

Definition of stingy

1 : not generous or liberal : sparing or scant in using, giving, or spending stingy with the salt stingy employee benefits
2 : meanly scanty or small stingy portions of meat

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stingily \ ˈstin-​jə-​lē How to pronounce stingily (audio) \ adverb
stinginess \ ˈstin-​jē-​nəs How to pronounce stinginess (audio) \ noun

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stingy, close, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, miserly mean being unwilling or showing unwillingness to share with others. stingy implies a marked lack of generosity. a stingy child, not given to sharing close suggests keeping a tight grip on one's money and possessions. folks who are very close when charity calls niggardly implies giving or spending the very smallest amount possible. the niggardly amount budgeted for the town library parsimonious suggests a frugality so extreme as to lead to stinginess. a parsimonious lifestyle notably lacking in luxuries penurious implies niggardliness that gives an appearance of actual poverty. the penurious eccentric bequeathed a fortune miserly suggests a sordid avariciousness and a morbid pleasure in hoarding. a miserly couple devoid of social conscience

Examples of stingy in a Sentence

The company was too stingy to raise salaries. until his redemption, Ebenezer Scrooge is the classic example of a very stingy, heartless miser
Recent Examples on the Web This reviewer must report that the eleven-hundred-page work broke an (admittedly unsteady) card table and later caused a carry-on to exceed the weight limit on an (admittedly stingy) European airline. Idrees Kahloon, The New Yorker, "Thomas Piketty Goes Global," 2 Mar. 2020 Mariners RHP Yusei Kikuchi was stingy through 2 1/3 innings, and the bullpen did not allow a single hit over the final four innings. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Lovullo: 'Possibility' Diamondbacks' Mike Leake won't be ready for start of regular season," 28 Feb. 2020 This is where the rich appear to be the most stingy. Benjamin A. Priday, The Conversation, "Rich folks aren’t that stingy after all," 7 May 2020 The Chargers have rebuilt their offensive front, bolstered their weapons on that side of the ball and assembled a defense that projects to be among the NFL’s most stingy. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Justin Herbert’s game plan for life has long impressed Chargers," 29 Apr. 2020 The Hoosiers were particularly stingy at home, where opponents averaged just 141.8 yards per game through the air. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU football notebook: Why Hoosiers may be better suited than others with spring lost," 20 Apr. 2020 The Cardinals have been pretty stingy about taking a wide receiver early in the NFL draft through the years. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' top NFL draft picks: Who is after Larry Fitzgerald on receivers list?," 3 Apr. 2020 His fancy footwork, precision passing and crisp crossers set the tone of the game, and his pace, eventually, overpowered Chaparral’s stingy defense. The Republic |, "Brophy Prep's attack leads Broncos to back-to-back 6A state soccer championships," 27 Feb. 2020 Life is easier, too, when defense and goaltending combine to yield a stingy 1.22 goals per game. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "With trade deadline looming, clock is ticking for Bruins," 17 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of stingy

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stingy

perhaps from English dialect *stinge, noun, sting; akin to Old English stingan to sting

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“Stingy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stingy

: not liking or wanting to give or spend money : not generous
: small in size or amount


stin·​gy | \ ˈstin-jē How to pronounce stingy (audio) \
stingier; stingiest

Kids Definition of stingy

1 : not generous
2 : very small in amount a stingy portion

Other Words from stingy

stinginess \ -​jē-​nəs \ noun

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