[ cheep-skeyt ]
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  1. a person who is stingy and miserly.

verb (used without object),cheap·skat·ed, cheap·skat·ing.
  1. to act in a stingy or miserly way.

Origin of cheapskate

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; cheap + skate3

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How to use cheapskate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cheapskate


/ (ˈtʃiːpˌskeɪt) /

  1. informal a miserly person

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Other Idioms and Phrases with cheapskate


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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