[ skin-flint ]
/ ˈskɪnˌflɪnt /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for skinflint


/ (ˈskɪnˌflɪnt) /


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.

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