tight·​wad ˈtīt-ˌwäd How to pronounce tightwad (audio)
: a close or miserly person

Examples of tightwad in a Sentence

Her husband's such a tightwad that he never wants to go out to dinner. you're always such a tightwad when charity comes calling
Recent Examples on the Web But come Sunday, the tightwad could still walk away with the trophy. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2022 Valentine’s Day plus being too much of a tightwad to buy a gift. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, 5 Feb. 2020 So Carew signed with the Angels and the Yankees maintained their imperious and often disdainful view of the Twins as backwater tightwads who didn't sufficiently appreciate the privilege of playing against the Yankees, much less for them. Steve Rushin, SI.com, 20 Sep. 2019 Maybe because the tightwad organization has shed $20 million off an already bottom-feeding payroll, to an even thinner $63.5 million. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Mar. 2018 The details of the tax returns painted Reagan as a tightwad, helping augment his public image as a crusader who would cut government spending. Kevin M. Kruse, Esquire, 14 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tightwad was in 1906

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“Tightwad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tightwad. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


tight·​wad ˈtīt-ˌwäd How to pronounce tightwad (audio)
: a stingy person

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