verb (used without object), cheap·skat·ed, cheap·skat·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for cheap skate
Word Origin and History for cheap skate
also cheap skate, "miserly person," 1896, from cheap (adj.), second element perhaps from American English slang skate "worn-out horse" (1894), of uncertain origin.
Idioms and Phrases with 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]