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
Recent Examples on the Web The landscape of this Trainaceous Era was crammed with rogues, chancers, visionaries, and tightfisted despots. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Enduring Romance of the Night Train," 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, "The Games Will Come Back. The Moments We’ll Miss Are Already Gone.," 13 Mar. 2020 To get that partial reimbursement, many farmers had to deal with tightfisted local officials. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Responds Slowly, and a Pig Disease Becomes a Lethal Epidemic," 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, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 Banks don’t lend to new businesses, especially restaurants, not because banks are mean or especially tightfisted. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Crowdsourcing — funding beyond the bank," 20 Sep. 2019 For the most part, the Bidwill family of owners made the tightfisted Halas look like Santa Claus. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 34, Paddy Driscoll," 30 July 2019 Coty seems to lack L’Oréal’s marketing flair and has been too tightfisted with advertising. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Beauty Sector’s Uglier Stocks Deserve Second Look," 12 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of tightfisted

1844, in the meaning defined above

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19 May 2020

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“Tightfisted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tightfisted. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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