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  1. a person who is stingy and miserly.
verb (used without object), cheap·skat·ed, cheap·skat·ing.
  1. to act in a stingy or miserly way.

Origin of cheapskate

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; cheap + skate3
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  • Of the two-fifty, you extract a dollar, feeling that the Senior Holden is a cheapskate.

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    George Oliver Smith

British Dictionary definitions for cheapskate


  1. informal a miserly person
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Word Origin and History for cheapskate


also cheap skate, "miserly person," 1896, from cheap (adj.), second element perhaps from American English slang skate "worn-out horse" (1894), of uncertain origin.

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