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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Michigan led for nearly the entire contest thanks to an early barrage of 3s and stingy defense, effectively neutralizing the Spartans’ high-powered attack. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball's win over rival Michigan State could change trajectory of season," 8 Feb. 2020 Not only do her stingy friends prove useless, denying her one by one, but her own internal resources do too. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Shakespeare’s ‘Timon’ Gets an Occupy Athens Makeover," 19 Jan. 2020 The valley, again, is a little stingy and there is some hand shock. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "Best New Budget Bows of the 2020 Archery Trade Show," 15 Jan. 2020 But the Giants defense was just as stingy and New York pulled out a 15-13 win in the closing seconds to de-throne the two-time defending champs. Mike Massa,, "49ers’ playoff history as the top seed in the NFC," 10 Jan. 2020 Elyria Catholic 62, Parma 55: Edward Wright II scored 23 points, and the Panthers (5-4) used a stingy third quarter to deny Parma (8-2) in Elyria. Matt Goul, cleveland, "No. 21 Solon upsets No. 7 Mentor; Avon Lake takes down Lakewood: Tuesday’s boys basketball roundup," 7 Jan. 2020 Murray will be more important than usual Sunday since Chase Edmonds faces a stingy Saints rushing defense. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "New Orleans Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals picks, predictions: Who wins NFL Week 8 game?," 22 Oct. 2019 But last Sunday against an equally stingy Patriots defense, most of those power runs were contained, which compelled the Bills to rely on Josh Allen. Andy Benoit,, "How Reliable Is Josh Allen and the Bills’ Offense?," 3 Oct. 2019 But in China, officials have been frugal to the point of stingy, requiring farmers to jump through hoops to seek compensation from often cash-poor local governments. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Responds Slowly, and a Pig Disease Becomes a Lethal Epidemic," 17 Dec. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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