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[klohs-fis-tid] /ˈkloʊsˈfɪs tɪd/
stingy; miserly; tight.
Origin of closefisted
First recorded in 1565-75; close + fist1 + -ed3
Related forms
closefistedly, adverb
closefistedness, noun
niggardly, penurious, tight-fisted. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for close-fisted
Historical Examples
  • A close-fisted old farmer had a likely daughter, whose opening charms attracted the attention of a certain young man.

  • Skinflint, an old and popular simile for a close-fisted, stingy person.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Dixie gaxed with reproachful eyes at his close-fisted friend.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • Was it possible that his close-fisted uncle was offering to assist them.

    Mark Mason's Victory Horatio Alger
  • I ain't a close-fisted chap, especially when I'm fond of anybody.

    An Ambitious Woman Edgar Fawcett
  • Moreover, the Honorable Erastus was dubbed "close-fisted" by his neighbors.

  • You ought to have more; but he's close-fisted, and you must be content with this.'

  • He called us close-fisted, Steenie—I am sure you can contradict that.

    The Fortunes of Nigel Sir Walter Scott
  • The selfish, close-fisted, miserly money-catcher must marry a woman equally sordid and stingy.

    Plain Facts for Old and Young John Harvey Kellogg
  • You've spent a lot of the money you're so close-fisted about, and will have to travel cheap if you mean getting home again.

    The Recipe for Diamonds Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
British Dictionary definitions for close-fisted


very careful with money; mean
Derived Forms
close-fistedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for close-fisted



Unwilling to give; niggardly; stingy; close (1608+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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