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 1895–1900; cheap + skate3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cheapskate

tightwad, Scrooge, skinflint, piker

Examples from the Web for cheapskate

Contemporary Examples of cheapskate

Historical Examples of cheapskate

  • Of the two-fifty, you extract a dollar, feeling that the Senior Holden is a cheapskate.

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    George Oliver Smith

British Dictionary definitions for cheapskate



informal a miserly person
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Word Origin and History for cheapskate

also 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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