Definition of skinflint in English:



  • A person who spends as little money as possible; a miser.

    • ‘Not that I am a skinflint or unromantic, but it has been refreshing to view the whole event from a neutral standpoint.’
    • ‘Notorious skinflint Scrooge makes an appearance at the Wyvern Theatre on Friday in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for charity.’
    • ‘I'm a skinflint and I don't want to shell out on Dreamweaver.’
    • ‘‘They have a reputation for being skinflints with no respect for decent pay and conditions,’ he said.’
    • ‘Although he's looking to sell it again, Lieberman remains a skinflint.’
    • ‘Now remember, this is in skinflint New Hampshire, where a request for money for a new light bulb can cause a knockdown, drag-out debate.’
    • ‘It's certainly not because I'm a skinflint, production costs and time invested are irrelevant.’
    • ‘But as I palmed the money through the window the meter went to £9.40, turning me instantly into a skinflint.’
    • ‘In other words, give me my gold, you copper-pinching skinflint, or find your own damned specimens from now on.’
    • ‘I was too scared to stand up to them, or to the diner's skinflint owner, who kept finding creative ways to dip into our inadequate tips.’
    • ‘Decide that twenty dollars for five hours of entertainment is reasonable value and declare that skinflints are humbugs.’
    • ‘A $100-million subway was planned in 1912, but city skinflints said they ‘lacked the necessary authorization.’’
    • ‘Stop being such a skinflint - just buy the thing.’
    • ‘The New York Times noted his reputation as ‘the industry's leading skinflint.’’
    • ‘So skinflints and kids can get other people to pay for their phone calls through emotional blackmail.’
    • ‘The skinflint and the loan shark are seen as sources of sawbuck salvation and sanctification.’
    • ‘Scots are dispelling their stereotype of being skinflints who hoard their money and live austere lives.’
    • ‘And only two skinflints, or gentlemen of an extremely strong constitution, have so far refused to cough up.’
    • ‘Their skinflint ways caused R. no small degree of humiliation during her growing years.’
    • ‘I'm not a skinflint, but I would like my bank balance to level out for a week or two.’
    miser, penny-pincher, scrooge, pinchpenny, niggard, cheese-parer
    meanie, money-grubber, cheapskate
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