from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is very reluctant to spend money; a miser.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. one who is excessively stingy or cautious with money; a tightwad; a miser
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A penurious person; a miser; a niggard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who makes use of contemptible means to get or save money; a mean, niggardly, or avaricious person; a miser.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend
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Eilert, though, is known as a skinflint, and that sells in times like these.
He didn't seem to be too bothered by his 'skinflint' reputation.
But you know you have now made Bubba's "skinflint" list for having even made a complaint about it.
_kyminopristes_ ( "skinflint"), a cumin-seller, as it were, because he makes a great fuss about things of little value.
'skinflint' husband after 12 largely unhappy years of marriage, that he hit her head with a hammer at least seven times.
Ensconced at First Lutheran Church in Back Bay, the venue provided some questionable Boston hospitality via the city's skinflint approach to parking — a meter maid was already lurking as I fed my quarters; the concert featured multiple announcements of which cars were in the process of being towed.
Stephen Taaffe's penetrating look at the Army's "one indispensable man," by contrast, skirts the chief of staff's more conspicuous duties, such as coaxing funds out of a skinflint Congress, locking horns with Winston Churchill over grand strategy and training millions of civilians to wage war.
Benny, rather than turning over his wallet he nurtured a reputation as a notorious skinflint crosses his arms, furrows his brow, taps his lips, and stares into space.
To hear some Republicans talk, you'd think that if only we squeeze hard enough, and go whole hog for their eat-your-spinach skinflint economics, prosperity will return.
And, of course, the single most loathed archetype in America: the skinflint co-worker who nudges a piddling $4.75 into the pot when the bar bill arrives, because she only had a Campari spritzer while everybody else had two Sam Adams.