Definition of tightwad in English:



North American
  • A mean or miserly person.

    ‘he is a notorious tightwad’
    • ‘Did anyone ever tell you that you're a tightwad?’
    • ‘Perhaps I was being a tightwad and didn't want to fork out the entrance admission.’
    • ‘Actually, I do realise why - it's because I'm a complete tightwad.’
    • ‘He portrays himself as a tightwad who is tight on the purse, spends nothing, drops taxes, and holds back on expenditure.’
    • ‘This list would really separate the tightwads and showmen from the true givers.’
    • ‘I would say that parents in our position should not be made out to be tightwads and cheapskates.’
    • ‘Fans of the hit TV show (so that's all of us, then) know what a greedy old tightwad Mr. Burns is.’
    • ‘Sullivan, a notorious tightwad, got permission to use the character for free and it became the team's logo, appearing on everything from stationery to stock certificates.’
    • ‘Being economical and frugal is one thing, being a tightwad to the detriment of the investment we all have in living here is something else all together.’
    • ‘I also am bothered by the tightwads who become rich.’
    • ‘After getting dumped by the evil tightwad as whined about in the previous post, I went out and took on some retail therapy.’
    • ‘Stop being a tightwad and go to an internet cafe.’
    • ‘Is a tightwad necessarily likely to serve you less food?’
    • ‘The tax code attracts tightwads and big spenders alike.’
    • ‘Just what is it that makes the stingiest people in Britain pinch the pennies to such extremes that they have won the unenviable moniker of tightwad?’
    • ‘The rest of the time, we're tightwads who turn away as people die in far greater numbers.’
    • ‘After a tension-filled pause, Benny, a notorious miser and tightwad, said, ‘I'm thinking, I'm thinking.’’
    • ‘Contrary to belief, money was not flowing in the Cheshire town, the buyers there must be tightwads, and they didn't half pick up some bargains.’
    • ‘‘It means he's calling you a tightwad,’ Joe supplies helpfully.’
    • ‘I am a notorious tightwad and I will avoid paying for a haircut for as long as possible.’
    penny-pincher, pinchpenny, niggard, cheese-parer, scrooge
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