mingy


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min·gy

 (mĭn′jē)
adj. min·gi·er, min·gi·est Informal
1. Small in quantity; meager: a job that paid mingy wages.
2. Mean and stingy.

[Perhaps from m(ean) + (st)ingy.]

mingy

(ˈmɪndʒɪ)
adj, -gier or -giest
informal Brit miserly, stingy, or niggardly
[C20: probably a blend of mean2 + stingy1]

min•gy

(ˈmɪn dʒi)

adj. -gi•er, -gi•est.
stingy; niggardly.
[1885–90; m(ean2) + (st)ingy1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mingy - (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip"
stingy, ungenerous - unwilling to spend; "she practices economy without being stingy"; "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds"
Translations

mingy

[ˈmɪndʒɪ] ADJ (mingier (compar) (mingiest (superl))) [person] → tacaño; [amount, portion] → mísero, miserable

mingy

[ˈmɪndʒi] adj
[person] → radin(e)
[amount, helping] → maigre

mingy

adj (+er) (Brit inf) → knickerig (inf); amountlumpig (inf), → mickerig (inf)

mingy

[ˈmɪndʒɪ] adj (Brit) (fam) (person) → tirchio/a, spilorcio/a; (share, portion, amount) → misero/a, scarso/a
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