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 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

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Michigan State welcomes back most of the Big Ten’s stingiest defense, the one that allowed only 16.6 points per game in league play last season., "Big Ten notebook: Ohio State, Michigan State tops on preseason team," 18 July 2019 But only four teams have been stingier on defense than Canada, which has given up two goals. Kevin Baxter,, "Women’s World Cup on TV: Monday games include Sweden vs. Canada," 24 June 2019 The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been riding some hot hitting and stingy pitching. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Shohei Ohtani has next start pushed back for Angels," 29 Apr. 2018 The Eastern Conference's fifth seed polished off a wire-to-wire win in the closing minutes with impressive offensive execution and stingy defense -- two areas key to their success. Chris Fedor,, "Did Joel Embiid make free agency sales pitch to LeBron James on Twitter after 76ers made theirs on court?," 2 Mar. 2018 Against a stingy defense that’s communicating and moving on a string, not allowing those open shots that everyone in red can make? Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The 3 things the Warriors must do to force a Game 7," 12 June 2019 The stingy defense that had defined Golden State’s first half gave way to wide-open jumpers and easy forays to the rim. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors must now make history after Game 4 loss puts them in 3-1 Finals hole," 7 June 2019 The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been riding some hot hitting and stingy pitching. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Justin Verlander shines in Astros' win over Angels," 26 Apr. 2018 Surprisingly, a game between the stingiest defenses in the Pac-12 produced an entertaining shootout filled with a handful of highflying dunks from the Huskies (7-5 Pac-12, 17-8) and long-range three-pointers from the Beavers (5-7, 13-11). Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Washington drops double-overtime thriller 97-94 as Oregon State hits last shot," 10 Feb. 2018

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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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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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