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

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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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So Holtzman set out to create his own definition for the save, with criteria much stingier than Roth’s. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "How Major League Baseball Adopted the Save—and Changed the Game Forever," 4 June 2019 Gone were pass-rushing standout Josh Allen and six other starters who had moved on from a stingy unit on which Daniel, a middle linebacker, also played a pivotal role. Gary B. Graves, The Seattle Times, "Kentucky needs to replace 7 starters off dominant defense," 12 Apr. 2019 Spirit was recognized for being one of the most cost-effective airlines to fly, but has the stingiest seat pitch (just 28 inches on average). Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "These Are the Top 10 Airlines in the World," 20 Mar. 2019 Coverage periods vary by automaker, but even the stingiest plans will net you a total of about six years or 80,000 miles of coverage from the date of the car’s sale to the first owner. Car and Driver, "A Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Could Be a Great Deal," 22 Jan. 2019 New York’s stingy defense earned the Jennings Trophy by allowing the fewest goals in the league this season. Josh Dubow, The Seattle Times, "Lightning look to bounce back from Game 1 collapse," 12 Apr. 2019 Historically stingy as those Super Bowl Seahawks’ defenses were, the Legion of Boom earned the bulk of the fame. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Is Bobby Wagner the most underappreciated superstar in Seattle sports history?," 20 Feb. 2019 The New Orleans Saints own the best record in the NFL, thanks in part to its stingy defense. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL Soap Opera Is Ready for Its Twist Ending," 19 Dec. 2018 This team has a dynamic wide receiver (which regulates defenses), a destructive defensive line and a stingy secondary full of cover corners. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "What the Marcus Peters Trade Means for the Chiefs and Rams on the Field," 28 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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stingy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stingy

disapproving
: not liking or wanting to give or spend money : not generous
: small in size or amount

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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