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[tahyt-wod] /ˈtaɪtˌwɒd/
noun, Informal.
a close-fisted or stingy person.
Origin of tightwad
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900; tight + wad1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for tightwad
Historical Examples
  • You never gave two dollars to anyone in your life, you tightwad!

    Center Rush Rowland

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • I asked him for a drink, and he couldnt see it, the tightwad!


    George Allan England
  • Nor have you ever found a real Muscular who was a "tightwad."

    How to Analyze People on Sight

    Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
  • Think I'm so unreliable and tightwad that you've got to tie me down with a contract?

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • You dont have to give anything, but they expect it, you know, and they think youre a tightwad if you dont come across.

    Center Rush Rowland

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Look here, and Peter winked and tried to look slyAunt Susie is no tightwad.

  • I'm tightwad, so s'nother guy gets chansh to buy you diamonds.

    Joan Thursday

    Louis Joseph Vance
  • He had been called many things—loan-shark, skinflint, tightwad, pussyfoot—but he had never before been called a flirt.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for tightwad


(slang, mainly US & Canadian) a stingy person; miser
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tightwad

"parsimonious person," 1900, from tight in the sense of "close-fisted" (1805) + wad (n.). The notions of stringency and avarice also combine in Modern Greek sphiktos "greedy," literally "tight."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tightwad



: Don't be so tightwad with that hootch


A parsimonious person; a stingy person; a miser: the ''tightwads'' who have saved money (1900+)

[fr the forbidding tightness of his wad of money]

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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