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  1. characterized by or showing parsimony; frugal or stingy.
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Origin of parsimonious

First recorded in 1590–1600; parsimon(y) + -ious
Related formspar·si·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverbpar·si·mo·ni·ous·ness, nounun·par·si·mo·ni·ous, adjectiveun·par·si·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverb

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Related Words for parsimonious

avaricious, chintzy, close, frugal, greedy, illiberal, mean, miserly, penurious, prudent, saving, selfish, skinflint, sparing, stingy, tight, tightfisted, tightwad, scrimpy

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Word Origin and History for parsimonious


1590s, from Latin parsimonia "frugality, thrift" (see parsimony) + -ous. Not originally with the suggestion of stinginess. Related: Parsimoniously; parsimoniousness.

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