skinflint

[ skin-flint ]
/ ˈskɪnˌflɪnt /

noun

a mean, niggardly person; miser.

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Origin of skinflint

First recorded in 1690–1700; skin + flint

OTHER WORDS FROM skinflint

skin·flint·i·ly, adverbskin·flint·i·ness, nounskin·flint·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for skinflint

skinflint
/ (ˈskɪnˌflɪnt) /

noun

an ungenerous or niggardly person; miser

Derived forms of skinflint

skinflinty, adjective

Word Origin for skinflint

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