Definition of stingy in English:



  • Mean; ungenerous:

    ‘his boss is stingy and idle’
    • ‘Over the years, he's studied a considerable amount of information about supplements, and he's very stingy with his shelf space.’
    • ‘I work for a real estate firm that is extremely stingy with perks like that, even when it would benefit them’
    • ‘He gives the dullest parties in town and is stingy with the drinks.’
    • ‘Don't go for too much destruction with your weapons however as the game is at times rather stingy with its ammo supply.’
    • ‘He was also very stingy with them and refused to give bulbs away or even to sell them.’
    • ‘My dad usually was stingy with money, and had never given me more than twenty dollars for shopping before in my life.’
    • ‘The budget chief for west Wiltshire has been barred from a town pub for being too stingy with his cash.’
    • ‘We don't want to be stingy with those mortar rounds when the enemy is coming over the ridge.’
    • ‘Columbia has been a bit stingy with the scene selections, only allowing for 16 in the course of the 135 minutes.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most important aspect would have been the low power requirements of the Radioscape receiver: mobile phones have to be very stingy with battery capacity.’
    • ‘My problem is that Harpercollins is being really stingy with the Anansi Boys proofs.’
    • ‘As we reported earlier, an official from the United Nations accused large industrial nations of being stingy with international aid.’
    • ‘This area is quite stingy with information that really should be conveyed to anyone new with the game.’
    • ‘The Administration has been so stingy with reconstruction aid that he has literally had to come begging to Washington.’
    • ‘I would like to link images to this post, but the Met is misguidedly stingy with their Web site.’
    • ‘A U.N. official backs off from some comments that some nations are stingy with international aid.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, on the same news day, we got word that while CEOs were being stingy with wages, they were going on a wild spending binge in another area: mergers.’
    • ‘Although he supports his mother financially, he presents him as stingy and ungrateful, single-mindedly devoted to his own success.’
    • ‘He's stingy with the details of his life, yet she can't help but be intrigued.’
    • ‘Plus, I don't understand how he can be so generous with his girlfriends (I recently found out he has more than one) and then be so stingy with his own children.’
    mean, miserly, parsimonious, niggardly, close-fisted, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, penurious, scrooge-like, ungenerous, illiberal, close
    mingy, tight, tight-fisted
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Mid 17th century: perhaps a dialect variant of the noun sting + -y.