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Origin of penny pincher
OTHER WORDS FROM penny pincherpen·ny-pinch·ing, noun, adjective
Words nearby penny pincher
What does penny pincher mean?
A penny pincher is a person who’s very careful or stingy with their money—they don’t like to spend it and they don’t like to give it away.
The image is that of someone clutching tightly to even the smallest amount of money so it doesn’t leave their hands. Penny typically refers to a one-cent coin.
Penny pincher is synonymous with the word miser, but whereas miser is always used negatively (to refer to Ebenezer Scrooge types), penny pincher can be used either in a negative way or in a more neutral way to refer to someone who’s just trying to save money because they’re on a tight budget.
Penny pincher is sometimes spelled with a hyphen: penny-pincher.
Example: Ellen’s rich uncle was such a penny pincher that he used to give her a pencil for her birthday.
Where does penny pincher come from?
The first records of penny pincher come from around 1900. But the synonymous (and now less common) term pinchpenny dates back much farther, to around 1400. (Although the term penurious, meaning “extremely stingy,” might sound like it’s related, it comes from the Latin pēnūria, which means “lack” and is related to the Greek penía, “poverty.”)
A penny pincher can be poor, rich, or anything in between. While terms like money grubber imply an obsession with making money, especially in an aggressive way, penny pincher simply implies that the person avoids spending their money. Sometimes it’s because they’re a miser, like Scrooge, who was also a money grubber and hoarded his wealth without spending it on anything, such as giving it to charity or even buying anything for himself. Other times, though, a person is a penny pincher because they have to be—they have a small budget and they need to be thrifty and economical to get by. Sometimes, such a person keeps their penny-pinching habits even after they’re able to spend more.
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What are some other forms related to penny pincher?
- penny-pinching (noun, adjective)
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How is penny pincher used in real life?
Penny pincher can be used negatively, but it can also be used neutrally or even somewhat positively to praise someone’s thriftiness. Frugal people might even apply the term to themselves.
I’m ngl I’m lowkey a penny pincher 😂😂 i HATE spending my own money. Especially when i don’t have to
— GIGI $AVAGE 🇳🇬🇳🇬✨✨ (@IAMGIGISAVAGE) January 9, 2020
Donald wouldn’t let me get a Mountain Dew at Taco Bell last night because “we had drinks at home” his new name in my phone is penny pincher
— madison love (@madison_love) April 9, 2020
It's that simple. Try it. No matter how hard it is, no matter what kind of a penny-pincher you are, give $20 to someone poor/homeless/distressed/unemployed and then tell me what occurs. I've seen it work even the same day, with my own eyes, because it's happened to me.
— DrWaShing (@DrWaShing) April 18, 2020
Try using penny pincher!
Which of the following people would most likely be called a penny pincher?
A. Jessica saves money when she can, but she loves going out to eat with her friends and buying them nice gifts.
B. Tom always buys new stuff on payday.
C. Debra uses coupons and would always rather cook at home than spend the money to get takeout.
How to use penny pincher in a sentence
They deserve every penny and more: booking a four week tour is a huge job.
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In 1603 it was ordered that one quart of best ale, or two of small, should be sold for one penny.
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A system of supplying school-children with penny dinners is the latest philanthropic movement.
In the same year he also manufactured two million penny tokens for our soldiers in Spain, which were not forbidden.
The penny at that time was equal to a shilling of the present day, and would, relatively, purchase as much.
Idioms and Phrases with penny pincher
see pinch pennies.