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

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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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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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to make a temporary encampment

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