penny pincher

[ pen-ee pin-cher ]

  1. a miserly or stingy person.

Origin of penny pincher

First recorded in 1920–25; penny + pincher; see origin at pinch (in sense “to economize unduly”); cf. pinchpenny

Other words from penny pincher

  • pen·ny-pinch·ing, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use penny pincher in a sentence

  • "I'm no penny-pincher," he muttered, thinking of the cigar's cost.

    Bunker Bean | Harry Leon Wilson
  • Wouldn't she give the old penny-pincher hell if she had him here?

    Somewhere in Red Gap | Harry Leon Wilson

Other Idioms and Phrases with penny pincher

penny pincher

see pinch pennies.

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