tight·​wad | \ ˈtīt-ˌwäd How to pronounce tightwad (audio) \

Definition of tightwad

: a close or miserly person

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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 Valentine’s Day plus being too much of a tightwad to buy a gift. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "Valentighting: The Dating Trend Ruining Your February," 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, "The Curse of Bunned Meat and Breadsticks: Why the Twins Can't Beat the Yankees," 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, "Oakland A’s: New hope tempered by old realities," 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, "All the Presidents' Taxes," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of tightwad

1906, in the meaning defined above

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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 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tightwad

informal + disapproving : a person who does not like to spend or give money


tight·​wad | \ ˈtīt-ˌwäd How to pronounce tightwad (audio) \

Kids Definition of tightwad

: a stingy person

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