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

Definition of tightfisted

: reluctant to part with money

Other Words from tightfisted

tightfistedness \ ˈtīt-​ˈfi-​stəd-​nəs How to pronounce tightfisted (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
Recent Examples on the Web Diplomats from neighboring countries, Afghans overseas and U.N. officials have all called on the United States to relax its tightfisted approach. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 The ambience reflects Hankey’s tightfisted approach to his seven companies, which include a Toyota dealership, a dealer management software developer and Midway Car Rental, which does a big business renting exotic cars. Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2021 But most problems that befall condo associations are not from nefarious board members or tightfisted unit owners, said Rolando, the Florida Bar Association’s Condominium and Planned Development Committee co-chair. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 The Heiress Hunt is about two strong-willed individuals learning to wrest the tightfisted control that has dictated their lives (and their success). Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 1 Apr. 2021 Cal Jillson, a Dallas professor who has written a book about Texas' tightfisted approach to budgeting, said a reason state leaders ask for lists of possible cuts is to probe for which programs can be jettisoned. James Barragán, Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2020 The landscape of this Trainaceous Era was crammed with rogues, chancers, visionaries, and tightfisted despots. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 4 May 2020 There may be tightfisted holdouts, though not the N.C.A.A., which bailed on its winter and spring championships on Thursday afternoon. Michael Powell, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2020 To get that partial reimbursement, many farmers had to deal with tightfisted local officials. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 17 Dec. 2019 See More

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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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27 Jun 2022

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“Tightfisted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tightfisted. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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