- a person who is stingy and miserly.
- to act in a stingy or miserly way.
Origin of cheapskate
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Examples from the Web for cheapskate
Old Jerry is running a cheapskate campaign, and he has not stated clearly why he wants to be governor again.Bet on California's GOP Amazons
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We chose to get married at City Hall mostly because I'm a cheapskate.The D.C. Sex Blogger on How She Went From Slut to Housewife
December 10, 2008
Of the two-fifty, you extract a dollar, feeling that the Senior Holden is a cheapskate.The Fourth R
George Oliver Smith
- 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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