cheapskate

[ cheep-skeyt ]
/ ˈtʃipˌskeɪt /
Informal.

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. cheapen,
  2. cheapie,
  3. cheaply,
  4. cheapo,
  5. cheapside,
  6. cheapy,
  7. chear,
  8. cheat,
  9. cheat day,
  10. cheat on

Origin of cheapskate

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

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British Dictionary definitions for cheapskate

cheapskate

/ (ˈtʃiːpˌskeɪt) /

noun

informal a miserly person
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Word Origin and History for cheapskate

cheapskate

n.

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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