- reluctant to give or spend; not generous; niggardly; penurious: He's a stingy old miser.
- scanty or meager: a stingy little income.
Origin of stingy1
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Examples from the Web for stingily
His very sleep was stingily meted out to him: "Too much sleep stupefies a fellow!"
In this situation of seeming failure I began to think that farming of all occupations rewarded its devotees most stingily.Some Pioneers and Pilgrims on the Prairies of Dakota
John B. Reese
"The king lived there alone and stingily," says the historian Michelet.
I cannot believe that this beautiful poet soul was so stingily endowed by Nature, and had but one spring-time.The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine
Then, what charges they make for the abominable lunches they serve out so stingily!Redburn. His First Voyage
- unwilling to spend or give
- insufficient or scanty
- informal stinging or capable of stinging
- South Wales dialect a stinging nettleI put my hand on a stingy
Word Origin and History for stingily
"niggardly, penurious, tight-fisted," 1650s, possibly a dialectal alteration of earlier stingy "biting, sharp, stinging" (1610s), from sting (v.). Back-formation stinge "a stingy person" is recorded from 1914.