[ tahyt-wod ]
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  1. a close-fisted or stingy person.

Origin of tightwad

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; tight + wad1

Words Nearby tightwad

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How to use tightwad in a sentence

  • I asked him for a drink, and he couldnt see it, the tightwad!

    Cursed | George Allan England
  • Id like to have cleaned the old tightwad for a decent roll, while I was at it!

    Cursed | George Allan England
  • He had been called many things—loan-shark, skinflint, tightwad, pussyfoot—but he had never before been called a flirt.

    Main Street | Sinclair Lewis
  • It is a hard situation for a class that is constitutionally tightwad, often wisely so.

  • She claims to be generous but actually she is a terrible tightwad.

British Dictionary definitions for tightwad


/ (ˈtaɪtˌwɒd) /

  1. slang, mainly US and Canadian a stingy person; miser

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