cheapskate [ cheep-skeyt] . Informal Word Origin 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. Origin of cheapskate
An Americanism dating back to
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British Dictionary definitions for cheap skate informal a miserly person
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Word Origin and History for cheap skate cheapskate n.
cheap skate, "miserly person," 1896, from cheap (adj.), second element perhaps from American English slang skate "worn-out horse" (1894), of uncertain origin.
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Idioms and Phrases with cheap skate 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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