tight·​fist·​ed | \ ˈtīt-ˈfi-stəd How to pronounce tightfisted (audio) \

Definition of tightfisted

: reluctant to part with money

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tightfistedness \ ˈtīt-​ˈfi-​stəd-​nəs How to pronounce tightfistedness (audio) \ noun

Examples of tightfisted in a Sentence

The company's tightfisted owner won't raise the workers' salaries. the company is pretty tightfisted when it comes to bonuses

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In the past month, top leaders have encouraged local governments to restart projects that had been halted due to previous tightfisted policies, while China’s central bank has been pumping funds into the financial system. Chao Deng, WSJ, "Chinese Banks Rev Up Lending to Buoy Economy in U.S. Trade Fight," 11 Aug. 2018 But beneath the calm is a town under tightfisted control, enforced by militias accountable only to their paymasters. Max Fisher, Amanda Taub And Dalia MartÍnez, New York Times, "Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away," 7 Jan. 2018 With so many factors weighing on growth, Beijing is going to have to loosen its tightfisted control on credit. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China Eases Credit Policy as U.S. Tariffs Near," 24 June 2018 The international restaurant guide is so tightfisted with its stars that only seven Bay Area restaurants hold such an honor (another seven restaurants have the maximum of three). Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "Baumé in Palo Alto has two Michelin stars — and only two staff," 22 June 2018 In many cases, airlines—historically tightfisted with customers and with few government requirements on compensation in the U.S.--have upped their compensation for inconveniences and misdeeds. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "At Southwest Airlines, the Minutes After Disaster Struck," 24 Apr. 2018 By December, Boeing was pledging $1 million from an otherwise tightfisted corporate treasury for Trump inauguration events. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "How Charlottesville and Trump reveal CEO character," 15 Aug. 2017 KARACHI, Pakistan — For decades, the sight of Abdul Sattar Edhi pleading for donations was enough to press even the most tightfisted of Pakistanis into reaching for their wallets. Saba Imtiaz, New York Times, "In Pakistan, Carrying On a Legacy of Answering SOS Calls," 15 Mar. 2017 Particularly excellent are Michael Potts, as the emotionally tightfisted Turnbo, and the rising new star André Holland, who plays Youngblood. The New Yorker, "Jitney," 31 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of tightfisted

1844, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tightfisted was in 1844

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English Language Learners Definition of tightfisted

disapproving : not wanting to give or spend money : stingy or cheap

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