stingy

1
[ stin-jee ]
/ ˈstɪn dʒi /

adjective, stin·gi·er, stin·gi·est.

reluctant to give or spend; not generous; niggardly; penurious: He's a stingy old miser.
scanty or meager: a stingy little income.

Nearby words

  1. stinging nettle,
  2. stinging tree,
  3. stingless bee,
  4. stingo,
  5. stingray,
  6. stink,
  7. stink ball,
  8. stink bomb,
  9. stink bug,
  10. stink eye

Origin of stingy

1
1650–60; perhaps derivative of sting; see -y1

Related formsstin·gi·ly, adverbstin·gi·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. Stingy, parsimonious, miserly, mean, close all mean reluctant to part with money or goods. Stingy, the most general of these terms, means unwilling to share, give, or spend possessions or money: children who are stingy with their toys; a stingy, grasping skinflint. Parsimonious describes an extreme stinginess arising from unusual or excessive frugality: a sternly parsimonious, penny-pinching existence. Miserly stresses a pathological pleasure in acquiring and hoarding money that is so powerful that even necessities are only grudgingly purchased: a wretched, miserly way of life. Mean suggests a small-minded, ignoble, petty stinginess leading to miserable, cheerless living: depressingly mean with his money; mean surroundings; a mean repast. Close implies extreme caution in spending money, even an aversion to spending: a close dealer, buying only at rock bottom prices; generous with advice, but very close with his money.

stingy

2
[ sting-ee ]
/ ˈstɪŋ i /

adjective

having a sting.

Origin of stingy

2
First recorded in 1605–15; sting + -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for stingy

stingy

1
/ (ˈstɪndʒɪ) /

adjective -gier or -giest

unwilling to spend or give
insufficient or scanty
Derived Formsstingily, adverbstinginess, noun

Word Origin for stingy

C17 (perhaps in the sense: ill-tempered): perhaps from stinge, dialect variant of sting

adjective stingier or stingiest

informal stinging or capable of stinging

noun plural stingies

South Wales dialect a stinging nettleI put my hand on a stingy
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