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."
Fitchett laughing and shaking her head slowly, with an interjectional "Sure ly , sure ly !"--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. Indeed, both the farmers and laborers in the parishes of Freshitt and Tipton would have felt a sad lack of conversation but for the stories about what Mrs.
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. If you expressed a preference for cheese-parings, Mr.
"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.
We say: "I desire to be kind to my friends, honourable in business, philanthropic towards the poor, public-spirited in politics." 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.
WORCESTER: 5.00 Skinflint, 5.30 Attest, 6.00 Really Super, 6.30 New Millennium, 7.00 North Star Oscar, 7.30 Pogo I Am, 8.00 Mont Royale.
NEWTON ABBOT: 2.05 Velvet Revolution, 2.40 Caius Marcius, 3.15 Riviere Argentee, 3.50 Chasma, 4.25 Must See The Doc, 5.00 Damut I'm Out, 5.35 Skinflint.
Unpredictable results are often the order of the day in early season two-and-a-half-mile Open Maiden Races and that was the case here as unraced four-year-old gelding Tide Times made the most of a handy weight concession over most of his rivals to beat Skinflint by a neck.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "My kids think I'm tight with moneybut they haven't met Liz Truss" - Chancellor Philip Hammond lightheartedly accuses his deputy of being a skinflint, to rapturous applause from Tory faithful.
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.
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.