Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or decorated with chintz.
  • adj. Gaudy; trashy: chintzy merchandise.
  • adj. Stingy; miserly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or decorated with chintz.
  • adj. tastelessly showy; cheap, tacky, or gaudy
  • adj. Stingy; excessively reluctant to spend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. resembling chintz or decorated with chintz.
  • adj. of very poor quality.
  • adj. stingy; miserly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. embarrassingly stingy
  • adj. of very poor quality; flimsy

Etymologies

chintz +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ... etc. I don't know what is comprised under the term chintzy, but it appeared to be a comprehensive one, for the nobleman descanted on the merits of the following patterns among others: --

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 153, August 15, 1917

  • Yang Jie built HanHan World through social marketing HanHan's World sells what one might call chintzy Iphone covers.

    BBC News - Home

  • September 8, 2009 2: 46 PM bojack, really, 'chintzy', come on, these babies must have set us back a mint ..... + they are capturing the leafs for Randolfo's bio-fuel ....

    Gimme shelter -- not these (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Fans assumed that the show must have been filmed with some kind of chintzy '50s color process, doomed to quick and smudgy fading, but Eureka!

    VIDEO WATCHDOG's Favorite DVDs of 2006 - Part 2

  • Euro’s not to be labelled chintzy, noted that through their punitive tax rates, they furnish the safety hammock for their poor.

    Think Progress » House Conservatives Push Fringe Abortion Measure Instead Of Vital Budget Bills

  • Righteous Kill is the kind of chintzy genre flick that would go direct-to-DVD if it starred, say, Chuck Norris and James Brolin, instead of a pair of beloved Oscar winners.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • If Dreamworks, with its decent-enough-for-kids entertainment and over-reliance on references to popular culture, is doomed to exist in the shadow of Pixar's monumentally awesome work, then Hanna-Barbera was a kind of chintzy alternative to Warner Brothers 'Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies.

    DVD Verdict

  • What a great game (and not just because the Avs pulled out a "chintzy" win, as Ryan Miller called it).

    In The Cheap Seats

  • But seriously, the whole trailer works way too hard to convince me it’s a "gritty," "edgy" drama, when I can’t shake the feeling Righteous Kill is the kind of chintzy genre flick that would go direct-to-DVD if it starred, say, Chuck Norris and James Brolin, instead of a pair of beloved Oscar winners.

    Trailer Blazer: 'Grumpy Old Men: Righteous Kill' | EW.com

  • At the very least, I think it is "without sensitivity" to give a gift that is chintzy, that the donor already has, or that cannot be used as anything other than a coaster for a nice hot toddy.

    Discourse.net: Why the Queen Can Enjoy Her New iPod

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