[ pahr-suh-moh-nee-uhs ]
/ ˌpɑr səˈmoʊ ni əs /


characterized by or showing parsimony; frugal or stingy.

Nearby words

  1. parseeism,
  2. parsees,
  3. parser,
  4. parsha,
  5. parsifal,
  6. parsimoniously,
  7. parsimony,
  8. parsis,
  9. parsley,
  10. parsley family

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

Synonym study

See stingy1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for parsimoniously



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper