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 For years, Democrats have been trying to fix some of the most glaring flaws in the Affordable Care Act: Premium subsidies are too stingy; red states have too little incentive to expand Medicaid. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: How the $1.9-trillion pandemic relief bill quietly but massively improves Obamacare," 9 Mar. 2021 Thankfully, not every app is so stingy about PiP, and as MacRumors noted on Tuesday, Hulu has actually revived PiP on its iOS app. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Hulu just brought one of its most requested features back to iOS devices," 3 Mar. 2021 The offense, which got one goal and two assists from sophomore attackman Nick Dupuis, had a chance courtesy of a stingy defense that shut out Binghamton over the final 11:42. Edward Lee,, "Four days after an overtime loss to Binghamton, UMBC turns table in 7-6 men’s lacrosse win," 27 Mar. 2021 DeSales couldn’t score a point, thanks to a stingy Bullitt East defense. Phillip Steinmetz, The Courier-Journal, "Bullitt East holds off DeSales in Sixth Region semifinal, moves to regional championship," 26 Mar. 2021 Committee voters have been stingy, electing only 11 candidates since 2014 compared with 22 by the BBWAA. Globe Staff,, "Offseason moves signal Blue Jays are thinking big," 30 Jan. 2021 While Neely Henry is traditionally stingy on weights, the challenge will be to break down the pattern on this riverine lake and find enough fish to score consistently throughout the event. Frank Sargeant, al, "Bassmaster Elites to Visit Neely Henry Lake," 23 Dec. 2020 What to know: For as efficient as Olmsted Falls has been the last three weeks on offense, Avon Lake is just as stingy on defense. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Dress rehearsals conclude shortened regular season: Week 6 high school football preview," 30 Sep. 2020 The Cougars possess a stingy defense that holds its opponents to 58 points per game, which is second-best in the country. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, "Cleveland State men’s basketball to play Houston in opening round of 2021 NCAA Tournament: What you need to know," 15 Mar. 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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13 Apr 2021

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“Stingy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 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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