stingy

adjective stin·gy \ ˈstin-jē \

Definition of stingy

stingier; stingiest
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

stingily

play \-jə-lē\ adverb

stinginess

play \-jē-nəs\ noun

Examples of stingy in a Sentence

  1. The company was too stingy to raise salaries.

  2. until his redemption, Ebenezer Scrooge is the classic example of a very stingy, heartless miser

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Origin and Etymology of stingy

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

Synonym Discussion of stingy

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

STINGY Defined for English Language Learners

stingy

adjective

Definition of stingy for English Language Learners

  • : not liking or wanting to give or spend money : not generous

  • : small in size or amount


STINGY Defined for Kids

stingy

adjective stin·gy \ ˈstin-jē \

Definition of stingy for Students

stingier; stingiest
1 :not generous
2 :very small in amount
  • a stingy portion

stinginess

\-jē-nəs\ noun


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