[ chin-chee ]
/ ˈtʃɪn tʃi /

adjective, chinch·i·er, chinch·i·est. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.

stingy; miserly; cheap.

Origin of chinchy

1400–50; late Middle English, derivative of chinche (noun and adj.) < Old French chinche, chiche < Vulgar Latin *ciccus for Latin ciccum a bagatelle; see -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019