adjective, chintz·i·er, chintz·i·est.

of, like, or decorated with chintz.
cheap, inferior, or gaudy.
stingy; miserly: a chintzy way to entertain guests.

Origin of chintzy

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

Synonyms for chintzy

3. cheap, close, niggardly, stinting. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chintzy

Historical Examples of chintzy

  • 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

  • "It's odd I should find you here, Mr. Fitzroy," said Mrs. Shaw, settling her rustling skirts on a chintzy chair.

    The Invader

    Margaret L. Woods

  • It's chintzy and cozy and old-fashioned looking, yet really it's up to or ahead of date.

    The Lightning Conductor Discovers America

    C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson

  • The chintzy bedroom under the sloping roof was very still and quiet.

    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


adjective chintzier or chintziest

of, resembling, or covered with chintz
British informal typical of the decor associated with the use of chintz soft furnishings, as in a country cottage
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Word Origin and History for chintzy

1851, from chintz + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper