- 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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- having a sting.
Origin of stingy2
Examples from the Web for stingy
His post-election press conference was too long, too provocative, and too stingy in his phoned-in praise for the winners.Obama: Lamest Duck Ever?
November 6, 2014
Tired of being a poster child for stingy salaries, Walmart snarkily takes a leading left-wing critic to task.Walmart Calls Out The Nation for Its Low-Wage Internship Program
August 7, 2013
John Paul Getty, Jr. was a major philanthropist, to a slew of causes, and he was not stingy.The Getty Family Implosion
February 10, 2011
The returns revealed the Bidens to be stingy when it came to charity, giving an average of $369 a year for the last decade.If a Headline Falls in the Forest...
The Daily Beast
December 23, 2008
And the next was when I scolded because she broke a bowl; And she said I was mean and stingy, and hadn't any soul.Farm Ballads
It is an old notion that it is easier to be generous than to be stingy.Quotes and Images From The Works of Charles Dudley Warner
Charles Dudley Warner
I realized that I must have seemed like a mean, stingy old scamp.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
Why, blast their miserable, stingy—What do they take me for?Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
My wife left me because she said I was stingy, and she took my child—my only daughter.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
- 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 stingy
"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.