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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Other Words from stingy

stingily \ ˈstin-​jə-​lē How to pronounce stingy (audio) \ adverb
stinginess \ ˈstin-​jē-​nəs How to pronounce stingy (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 Cullman’s stingy defense is allowing just 8.1 points per game. Reports, al, "5 games to watch in the Huntsville region in Week 9," 13 Oct. 2020 This game should come down to how well the Browns offense can run the ball against the Colts stingy defense and whether or not Myles Garrett and the defense can harass Philip Rivers. cleveland, "Cleveland Browns gain momentum for Colts from win over Cowboys: Crowquill," 7 Oct. 2020 The stingy quartet did not surrender a run, allowed just three hits and walked one while striking out six. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres maturing depth stumbles, shines in loss to Giants," 7 Apr. 2021 The game really came down to two things: The Wolverines were able to find easy shots at the basket with their offense cutting up the usually stingy Seminoles defense, and FSU settled for jump shots that didn't find the mark frequently enough. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Michigan maximizes roster, stifles Florida State en route to men's Elite Eight," 29 Mar. 2021 At the other end, Nance has been key in the team’s recent turnaround, creating a stingy frontcourt with Allen and rugged rookie Isaac Okoro. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Larry Nance Jr. keeps validating Cleveland Cavaliers’ decision to reject trade offers for him," 28 Mar. 2021 The team leads the ACC in scoring defense (allowing a stingy 60.2 points per game) and field goal percentage (48%), but the most compelling battlegrounds Saturday could be along the perimeter and on the glass. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "Where could Louisville men's basketball be seeded in the ACC Tournament?," 5 Mar. 2021 The re-introduction of Bouknight and Andre Jackson has restored the disruptive nature to the UConn defense, which has also been stingy around the rim with Whaley and Sanogo. Dom Amore,, "UConn men at Seton Hall: What you need to know as Huskies look to solidify postseason resume," 3 Mar. 2021 By then, the Warriors hope to re-channel the pass-happy offense and stingy defense that had powered their recent three-game win streak. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors take major step back in blowout loss to Lakers," 28 Feb. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Stingy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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