parsimonious; stingy; tight.

Origin of tight-fisted

First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for tight-fisted

Historical Examples of tight-fisted

  • Oh, but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!


    Elizabeth Harrison

  • Unfortunately, he was tight-fisted, and the mother pleaded in vain.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam

  • Tight-fisted where the money is, sir, but—that's Scotch, you know.

  • For many years he has had an enviable record as a tight-fisted, hard-headed administrator of these important funds.

    The Great Gray Plague

    Raymond F. Jones

  • Folks say I'm tight-fisted—that I'm a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, clutching miser.

    A Christmas Carol

    C. Z. Barnett