skinflint

[ skin-flint ]
/ ˈskɪnˌflɪnt /

noun

a mean, niggardly person; miser.

Origin of skinflint

First recorded in 1690–1700; skin + flint
Related formsskin·flint·i·ly, adverbskin·flint·i·ness, nounskin·flint·y, adjective
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skinflint

/ (ˈskɪnˌflɪnt) /

noun

an ungenerous or niggardly person; miser
Derived Formsskinflinty, adjective

Word Origin for skinflint

C18: referring to a person so avaricious that he would skin (swindle) a flint
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Word Origin and History for skinflint

skinflint


n.

"miser, one who makes use of contemptible economy to keep money," 1700, slang; literally "kind of person who would skin a flint to save or gain something," from skin (v.) + flint. Flay-flint in same sense is from 1670s.

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