skinflint

[ skin-flint ]
/ ˈskɪnˌflɪnt /

noun

a mean, niggardly person; miser.

Origin of skinflint

First recorded in 1690–1700; skin + flint

Related forms

skin·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 Forms

skinflinty, adjective

Word Origin for skinflint

C18: referring to a person so avaricious that he would skin (swindle) a flint
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