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parsimonious

[pahr-suh-moh-nee-uh s]
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  1. characterized by or showing parsimony; frugal or stingy.

Origin of parsimonious

First recorded in 1590–1600; parsimon(y) + -ious
Related formspar·si·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverbpar·si·mo·ni·ous·ness, nounun·par·si·mo·ni·ous, adjectiveun·par·si·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverb

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tight, close, niggardly, miserly, illiberal, mean, penurious; avaricious, covetous.

Synonym study

See stingy1.

Antonyms

generous.
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Word Origin and History for parsimonious

adj.

1590s, from Latin parsimonia "frugality, thrift" (see parsimony) + -ous. Not originally with the suggestion of stinginess. Related: Parsimoniously; parsimoniousness.

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