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cheapskate

[ cheep-skeyt ]
/ ˈtʃipˌskeɪt /
Informal.
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noun
a person who is stingy and miserly.
verb (used without object), cheap·skat·ed, cheap·skat·ing.
to act in a stingy or miserly way.
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Origin of cheapskate

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; cheap + skate3
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British Dictionary definitions for cheapskate

cheapskate
/ (ˈtʃiːpˌskeɪt) /

noun
informal a miserly person
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Other Idioms and Phrases with cheapskate

cheap skate

A stingy person, as in He's a real cheap skate when it comes to tipping. This idiom combines cheap (for “penurious”) with the slang usage of skate for a contemptible or low individual. It has largely replaced the earlier cheap John. [Slang; late 1800s]

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