stin·gy | \ˈstin-jē \
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 \ adverb
stinginess \ˈstin-jē-nəs \ 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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This game matches up the two stingiest defenses in the WNBA. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Mercury prepare for Atlanta Dream," 6 July 2018 At the same time, Portugal’s defense, the one that was so stingy during the team’s winning Euro 2016 run, hadn’t looked as stout throughout this tournament. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "For Portugal, It’s All About Ronaldo in Loss to Uruguay in the World Cup," 30 June 2018 Anyway, stay tuned for next week when Trump privately presses for the Department of Veterans Affairs to quit being so stingy and pony up the dough. Bess Levin, The Hive, "Village Idiot Now Wants the Military to Pay for His Mexican Border Wall," 27 Mar. 2018 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office has been stingy with details about security expenses linked to the Democrat's out-of-state trips, so now a local newspaper is suing to gain access to those records. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "LA Mayor Eric Garcetti mum on travel, security expenses, prompting lawsuit," 13 July 2018 As for full pardons, the Obama administration was stingier than most of its predecessors. Campbell Robertson, New York Times, "Pardon Seekers Have a New Strategy in the Trump Era: ‘It’s Who You Know’," 12 July 2018 Big men are quicker and more physical, and defenses are stingier. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Why Moritz Wagner is a good fit for the Los Angeles Lakers," 22 June 2018 But these aren’t the same old Raptors from years past: their modernized offense is elite, their defense is stingier than last season, and their bench is the best in the league. Ben Golliver,, "How Worried Should LeBron Be? Raptors Stack Up Well Against Past King Slayers," 22 Mar. 2018 To achieve its low weight, Big Agnes used thin fabrics and light-duty #3 zippers, provided the bare minimum of interior floor space, and was stingy on guyline tensioners and the space of the door openings. Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "Review: Big Agnes Tiger Wall Tents," 28 June 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 \
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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