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 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 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 At tightfisted Amazon, there were no big bonuses at year’s end, no business-class flights for executives on long hauls, no employee kitchens overflowing with protein bars. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, 10 Oct. 2019 Banks don’t lend to new businesses, especially restaurants, not because banks are mean or especially tightfisted. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, 20 Sep. 2019 For the most part, the Bidwill family of owners made the tightfisted Halas look like Santa Claus. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, 30 July 2019

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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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“Tightfisted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tightfisted. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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