Definitions

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

  • adj. Giving or spending reluctantly.
  • adj. Scanty or meager: a stingy meal; stingy with details about the past.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Stinging; able to sting.
  • adj. Extremely close and covetous; meanly avaricious; niggardly; miserly; penurious; as, a stingy churl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Stinging; able to sting.
  • adj. Extremely close and covetous; meanly avaricious; niggardly; miserly; penurious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Stinging; piercing, as the wind; sharp, as a criticism.
  • Ill-tempered.
  • Meanly avaricious; extremely close-fisted and covetous; niggardly: as, a stingy fellow.
  • Scanty; not full or plentiful.
  • Synonyms Parsimonious, Miserly, etc. (see penurious), illiberal, ungenerous, saving, chary.

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

  • adj. deficient in amount or quality or extent
  • adj. unwilling to spend

Etymologies

Perhaps alteration of dialectal stingy, stinging, from sting.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
sting +‎ -y (Wiktionary)
Uncertain, possibly from *stinge, a dialectical variation of sting (verb) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The chiefs left the ship displeased at what they called stingy conduct in the captain, as they were accustomed to receive trifling presents from the traders on the coast.

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  • The correct spelling of the word for stingy is tacaño.

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  • States that have been labeled 'stingy' -- reported to lag behind the nation in charitable giving – - actually have higher generosity levels than those previously indicated by a widely-touted annual index, according to a new study by researchers at the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy.

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  • In the immediate aftermath of the tsunami, president Bush pledged $35 million and then, under pressure from the media and other nations - to say nothing of the United Nations, which accused the US of being "stingy" - increased contributions to $350 million.

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  • They set up a money-market account and "became a little more stingy, which is easy when you're sitting around the house with a kid," says Mr. Williams, 32.

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  • One possible reason for Bachmann's failure to win the position, as HuffPost's Ryan Grim wrote last week, is that she was known as stingy with her campaign war chest:

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  • And he did this while our country was being called stingy by the UN and was being mocked by the German media for always wanting military solutions to problems.

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  • I hope you are not being stingy, which is the antithesis of an autumnal attitude.

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  • The so-called stingy-brim hat, with a brim 1-1/2 inches wide, is considered more modern than those carrying standard 2-1/2-inch widths, and straw versions have been big sellers this summer.

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  • The so-called stingy-brim hat, with a brim 1½ inches wide, is considered more modern than those carrying standard 2½-inch widths, and straw versions have been big sellers this summer.

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