stingy

stingy
stingy
stingy1 [stin′jē]
adj.
stingier, stingiest [< * stinge, dial. form of STING]
1. giving or spending grudgingly or only through necessity; mean; miserly
2. less than needed or expected; scanty
stingily
adv.
stinginess
n.
SYN.- STINGY1 implies a grudging, mean reluctance to part with anything belonging to one; CLOSE1 suggests the keeping of a tight hold on what one has accumulated; NIGGARDLY implies such closefistedness that one grudgingly spends or gives the least amount possible; PARSIMONIOUS implies unreasonable economy or frugality, often to the point of niggardliness; PENURIOUS implies such extreme parsimony and niggardliness as to make one seem poverty-stricken or destitute; MISERLY implies the penuriousness of one who is meanly avaricious and hoarding
-ANT. GENEROUS, BOUNTIFUL
stingy2 [stiŋ′ē]
adj.
stinging or capable of stinging

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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