Definition of stingy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈstɪndʒi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɪndʒi//
(stingier, stingiest) (informal)
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not given or giving willingly; not generous, especially with money synonym mean You're stingy! (= not willing to spend money) Don't be so stingy with the cream! It was a stingy offer and he turned it down. Word Originmid 17th cent.: perhaps a dialect variant of the noun sting + -y.
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