stingy; miserly; tight.

Origin of closefisted

First recorded in 1565–75; close + fist1 + -ed3
Related formsclose·fist·ed·ly, adverbclose·fist·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for closefisted Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for close-fisted

Historical Examples of close-fisted

  • Close-fisted, at Father O'Hara's instance he could open his hand.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • If I get mean and close-fisted, you mustn't be240 surprised.

  • Av you're too close-fisted to buy a sate yersilf, Oi'll pay for it!

    Frank Merriwell's Son

    Burt L. Standish

  • Skinflint, an old and popular simile for a close-fisted, stingy person.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • He was a close-fisted Norman anxious to marry off his daughters—Emma had a sister.


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for close-fisted



very careful with money; mean
Derived Formsclose-fistedness, noun
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