[ chint-see ]
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adjective,chintz·i·er, chintz·i·est.
  1. of, like, or decorated with chintz.

  2. cheap, inferior, or gaudy.

  1. stingy; miserly: a chintzy way to entertain guests.

Origin of chintzy

First recorded in 1850–55; chintz + -y1; cf. chinchy, which has reinforced figurative senses

Other words for chintzy

Words Nearby chintzy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use chintzy in a sentence

  • She felt oddly perturbed when at last she reached the seclusion of her chintzy bedroom underneath the sloping roof.

    The Lamp of Fate | Margaret Pedler
  • We'll keep nearly all this furniture, and add to it chintzy sofas and easy chairs.

    Abington Abbey | Archibald Marshall

British Dictionary definitions for chintzy


/ (ˈtʃɪntsɪ) /

adjectivechintzier or chintziest
  1. of, resembling, or covered with chintz

  2. British informal typical of the decor associated with the use of chintz soft furnishings, as in a country cottage

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