stingy

adjective
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

Other Words from stingy

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 Some Democrats thought the amount looked stingy, but Filler-Corn did not share the plan with the full caucus until a day before its public rollout, the delegates said. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 The White House this week is mounting a push for doctors to get less stingy about prescribing the antiviral pill Paxlovid, which was initially rationed for those at the highest risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19 but is now more widely available. CBS News, 26 Apr. 2022 The White House this week is mounting a push for doctors to get less stingy about prescribing the antiviral pill Paxlovid, which was initially rationed for those at the highest risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19 but is now more widely available. Zeke Miller, Chron, 25 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, inside Citi Field, Lndor homered from both sides of the plate to back another stingy start from Bassitt. Mike Fitzpatrick, Hartford Courant, 15 Apr. 2022 That the latter costs extra is an example of Porsche's slightly stingy driver-assist offerings. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 6 Apr. 2022 Some of the spending would have supported useful expansions of the notably stingy American welfare system, and some of it would have supported useful public investments not provided for in the infrastructure bill, particularly in clean energy. Ruy Teixeira, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 There was fun, exciting basketball mixed with some ugliness and stingy defense. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 Jordan Miller added 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting as No. 10 seed Miami more than held its own in a matchup of two of the tourney's most stingy teams. Jay Cohen, ajc, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

18 May 2022

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“Stingy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stingy. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for stingy

stingy

adjective
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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