[ cheez-pair-ing ]
/ ˈtʃizˌpɛər ɪŋ /


meanly economical; parsimonious.


something of little or no value.
niggardly economy.

Origin of cheeseparing

First recorded in 1590–1600; cheese1 + paring

Related forms

cheese·par·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cheeseparing

  • The gains of the Company were enormous, so enormous as in no way to justify the cheeseparing that was had recourse to at Bombay.

    Cornish Characters|S. Baring-Gould
  • She didn't believe in pinching and cheeseparing, and didn't want the thing rounded off in any of those circular frames.

  • The old bourgeoisie still retained the careful habits of the days of Louis Philippe, and made fortunes by cheeseparing.

British Dictionary definitions for cheeseparing


/ (ˈtʃiːzˌpɛərɪŋ) /


penny-pinching; stingy


  1. a paring of cheese rind
  2. anything similarly worthless
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