stingy

  • 1 stingy — stingy, close, closefisted, tight, tightfisted, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, miserly, cheeseparing, penny pinching can mean unwilling or manifesting unwillingness to share one s goods with others or to give to another a part of one s… …

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  • 2 Stingy — Stin gy, a. [Compar. {Stingier}; superl. {Stingiest}.] [Probably from sting, and meaning originally, stinging; hence, biting, nipping (of the wind), churlish, avaricious; or cf. E. skinch.] Extremely close and covetous; meanly avaricious;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 stingy — niggardly, penurious, tight fisted, 1650s, possibly a dialectal alteration of earlier stingy biting, sharp, stinging (1610s), from STING (Cf. sting) (v.). Back formation stinge a stingy person is recorded from 1914 …

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  • 4 Stingy — Sting y, a. Stinging; able to sting. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Stingy — may refer to one of the following:*A miser *The name of a fictional puppet character on LazyTown …

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  • 6 stingy — index illiberal, nonsubstantial (not sufficient), parsimonious, penurious, provident (frugal) Burton s Legal Thesaurus …

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  • 7 stingy — [adj] penny pinching, averse to spending money acquisitive, avaricious, chary, cheap, chintzy*, churlish, close, close fisted, costive, covetous, curmudgeonly, economical, extortionate, frugal, grasping, greedy, grudging, ignoble, illiberal,… …

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  • 8 stingy — ► ADJECTIVE (stingier, stingiest) informal ▪ mean; ungenerous. DERIVATIVES stingily adverb stinginess noun. ORIGIN perhaps a dialect variant of STING(Cf. ↑stinger) …

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  • 9 stingy — stingy1 [stin′jē] adj. stingier, stingiest [< * stinge, dial. form of STING] 1. giving or spending grudgingly or only through necessity; mean; miserly 2. less than needed or expected; scanty stingily adv. stinginess n. SYN. STINGY1 …

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  • 10 stingy — adjective (stingier; est) Etymology: perhaps from English dialect *stinge, noun, sting; akin to Old English stingan to sting Date: 1659 1. not generous or liberal ; sparing or scant in using, giving, or spending < stingy with the salt > < stingy… …

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  • 11 stingy — stingy1 stingily, adv. stinginess, n. /stin jee/, adj., stingier, stingiest. 1. reluctant to give or spend; not generous; niggardly; penurious: He s a stingy old miser. 2. scanty or meager: a stingy little income. [1650 60; perh. deriv. of STING; …

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  • 12 stingy — adj. stingy with (stingy with one s money) * * * [ stɪŋdʒɪ] stingy with (stingy With one s money) …

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  • 13 stingy — stin•gy [[t]ˈstɪn dʒi[/t]] adj. gi•er, gi•est 1) reluctant to give or spend; niggardly; penurious 2) scanty or meager • Etymology: 1650–60; perh. der. of dial. stinge sting; see y I stin′gi•ly, adv. stin′gi•ness, n. syn: stingy, parsimonious,… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 stingy — stin|gy [ˈstındʒi] adj [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Probably from an unrecorded English dialect stinge sting (noun)] 1.) informal not generous, especially with money = ↑mean ▪ She s too stingy to give money to charity. 2.) a stingy amount of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 stingy — [[t]stɪ̱nʤi[/t]] stingier, stingiest ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as stingy, you are criticizing them for being unwilling to spend money. [INFORMAL] The West is stingy with aid... Winston was not a stingy man. Syn: mean Ant:… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 stingy — adjective 1 informal not generous, especially with money, when you can easily afford to be: Jim s too stingy to give money to charity. 2 a stingy amount of something, especially food, is too small to be enough: The helpings here are pretty stingy …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 stingy — UK [ˈstɪndʒɪ] / US adjective Word forms stingy : adjective stingy comparative stingier superlative stingiest informal unwilling to spend, give, or use a lot of money The country, with its own economic problems, has grown stingy with its financial …

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  • 18 stingy — adjective /ˈstɪŋi/ a) Stinging; able to sting. b) Extremely close and covetous; meanly avaricious; niggardly; miserly; penurious; as, a stingy churl …

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  • 19 stingy — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. penurious, miserly, niggardly, near, tight, close; scanty, meager. See parsimony. Ant., generous. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. parsimonious, niggardly, miserly, penurious, close, closefisted, sordid …

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  • 20 stingy — adjective, informal you can think I m stingy all you want, I m not giving you a penny Syn: mean, miserly, niggardly, close fisted, parsimonious, penny pinching, cheeseparing, Scroogelike; informal tightfisted, cheap, tight, mingy, money grubbing… …

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