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[chint-see] /ˈtʃɪnt si/
adjective, chintzier, chintziest.
of, like, or decorated with chintz.
cheap, inferior, or gaudy.
stingy; miserly:
a chintzy way to entertain guests.
Origin of chintzy
1850-55; chintz + -y1; cf. chinchy, which has reinforced figurative senses
3. cheap, close, niggardly, stinting. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for chintzy
Historical Examples
  • She felt oddly perturbed when at last she reached the seclusion of her chintzy bedroom underneath the sloping roof.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler
  • "It's odd I should find you here, Mr. Fitzroy," said Mrs. Shaw, settling her rustling skirts on a chintzy chair.

    The Invader Margaret L. Woods
  • It's chintzy and cozy and old-fashioned looking, yet really it's up to or ahead of date.

    The Lightning Conductor Discovers America

    C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  • The chintzy bedroom under the sloping roof was very still and quiet.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler
  • We'll keep nearly all this furniture, and add to it chintzy sofas and easy chairs.

    Abington Abbey

    Archibald Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for chintzy


adjective chintzier, chintziest
of, resembling, or covered with chintz
(Brit, informal) typical of the decor associated with the use of chintz soft furnishings, as in a country cottage
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Word Origin and History for chintzy

1851, from chintz + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chintzy

chintzy 1


Parsimonious; stingy; cheap, chinchy • The spelling imitates that of chintzy 2; a dialect spelling chinsy is attested from 1940: Ask them to validate both tickets, she'd think I was chintzy

[1950s+; probably fr chinchy]

chintzy 2


  1. Cheap and ill-made, but showy: the window filled with chintzy plastic couches
  2. Lacking chic and style; unfashionable: White shoes with a dark dress is considered very definitely ''chintzy''

[1850s+; fr Hindi fr chintz, a printed cotton fabric regarded as cheap, gaudy, and unstylish]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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