skinflint


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skin·flint

 (skĭn′flĭnt′)
n.
One who is very reluctant to spend money; a miser.

[From the earlier expression to skin a flint, to go extreme lengths to obtain an often paltry reward or advantage, from the time-consuming process of removing the cortex from a flint nodule before knapping off flakes from the core for use as gunflints or other tools (since flint nodules found in beds of limestone and chalk typically have a whitish outer cortex of various minerals that was often removed before knapping).]

skinflint

(ˈskɪnˌflɪnt)
n
an ungenerous or niggardly person; miser
[C18: referring to a person so avaricious that he would skin (swindle) a flint]
ˈskinˌflinty adj

skin•flint

(ˈskɪnˌflɪnt)

n.
a mean, stingy person; miser; niggard.
[1690–1700]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skinflint - a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spendskinflint - a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend
hoarder - a person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use
pinchgut - a niggardly person who starves himself (and others)

skinflint

noun
A stingy person:
Informal: penny pincher.
Translations
Entenklemmer

skinflint

[ˈskɪnflɪnt] Ntacaño/a m/f, roñoso/a m/f

skinflint

[ˈskɪnflɪnt] ngrippe-sou mskin graft ngreffe f de peau

skinflint

[ˈskɪnˌflɪnt] ntaccagno/a, spilorcio/a
References in classic literature ?
But with a variation--I will not ask for the money and ruin myself; I will ROB the old skinflint.
from which it might be inferred that she would have found the country-side somewhat duller if the Rector's lady had been less free-spoken and less of a skinflint.
Glegg himself was stingy in the most amiable manner; his neighbors called him "near," which always means that the person in question is a lovable skinflint.
Charley," said I, "you are a wicked old fraud, a miserly skinflint, a miserable land crab.
He had earned for himself the reputation of an awful skinflint, of a miser in the matter of living.
So long as we refuse to allow ourselves, even in the watches of the night, to avow any contrary desires, we may be bullies at home, shady in the City, skinflints in paying wages and profiteers in dealing with the public; yet, if only conscious motives are to count in moral valuation, we shall remain model characters.
But the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future transport skinflint Scrooge (Phil Davis) to encounters with the impoverished Cratchits and his own wealthy relatives.
But the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future transport skinflint Scrooge, played by Phil Davis, to encounters with the impoverished Cratchit family and his own wealthy relatives, among others.
In this retelling, Marley gets one more chance to make the journey back to earth to free himself from all those chains to redeem the old skinflint Scrooge and find his own heart in the process.
Anderson hailed Mackay's influence but reckons he gets off lightly for being a skinflint.
I don't want to be a skinflint but I can't see us ever getting married if he doesn't agree to save, too.
This new version by David Johnston transplants the story of the skinflint Harpingon and his desperate, love-struck children to the English Midlands, including a panto-like reference to Solihull.