- 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 stinginess
Players can use the “Jewish stinginess” card to force competitors to hand over resources.Dutch Board Game Lets You Settle Canaan
March 15, 2012
Republican stinginess—relative stinginess, as all the proposals will cost massive amounts—could yield political dividends.How Republicans Can Steal Health Care
June 9, 2009
By what miracle of stinginess had she been able to save such a sum?Doctor Pascal
His stinginess bordered on avarice, and he had never changed his trade.Criminal Man
He mercilessly pillories his patrons in a row for their stinginess.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
It's not economy: it's not stinginess; they are not paying off their debts.White Lies
There was not an iota of stinginess in his habitual economy.The Printer Boy.
William M. Thayer
- 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 stinginess
"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.