Definition of stingy in English:

stingy

adjective

informal
  • Mean; ungenerous.

    ‘his boss is stingy and idle’
    • ‘He gives the dullest parties in town and is stingy with the drinks.’
    • ‘I would like to link images to this post, but the Met is misguidedly stingy with their Web site.’
    • ‘Columbia has been a bit stingy with the scene selections, only allowing for 16 in the course of the 135 minutes.’
    • ‘The budget chief for west Wiltshire has been barred from a town pub for being too stingy with his cash.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over the years, he's studied a considerable amount of information about supplements, and he's very stingy with his shelf space.’
    • ‘As we reported earlier, an official from the United Nations accused large industrial nations of being stingy with international aid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My problem is that Harpercollins is being really stingy with the Anansi Boys proofs.’
    • ‘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 work for a real estate firm that is extremely stingy with perks like that, even when it would benefit them’
    • ‘He's stingy with the details of his life, yet she can't help but be intrigued.’
    • ‘A U.N. official backs off from some comments that some nations are stingy with international aid.’
    • ‘Although he supports his mother financially, he presents him as stingy and ungrateful, single-mindedly devoted to his own success.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We don't want to be stingy with those mortar rounds when the enemy is coming over the ridge.’
    mean, miserly, parsimonious, niggardly, close-fisted, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, penurious, scrooge-like, ungenerous, illiberal, close
    mingy, tight, tight-fisted
    cheap
    tight-arsed
    near
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Origin

Mid 17th century: perhaps a dialect variant of the noun sting + -y.

Pronunciation:

stingy

/ˈstɪn(d)ʒi/