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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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Historical Examples of skinflint

  • He's just as much a born bully as he is a cheat and a skinflint.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • “I always reckoned you was a skinflint,” yelled one of the party.

  • I call it getting a bit on account by forcing the hand of a skinflint.

    The Scarlet Feather

    Houghton Townley

  • Skinflint, an old and popular simile for a close-fisted, stingy person.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • When Skinflint Sam says that the price of flour is up—well, then, it is up; and that's all there is about it.

    Billy Topsail, M.D.

    Norman Duncan

British Dictionary definitions for skinflint


  1. 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

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper