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Definition of "stingy" [sting•y•stin•gy]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stingy" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "The correct spelling of the word for stingy is tacaño."
  • "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."