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adj. stin·gi·er, stin·gi·est
1. Giving or spending reluctantly.
2. Scanty or meager: a stingy meal; stingy with details about the past.

[Perhaps alteration of dialectal stingy, stinging, from sting.]

stin′gi·ly adv.
stin′gi·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stinginess - a lack of generosity; a general unwillingness to part with money
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
penuriousness - a disposition to be niggardly with money
illiberality - a disposition not to be liberal (generous) with money
selfishness - stinginess resulting from a concern for your own welfare and a disregard of others
generosity, generousness - the trait of being willing to give your money or time
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[ˈstɪndʒɪnɪs] Ntacañería f
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n (inf, of person, government) → Geiz m, → Knauserigkeit f (inf), → Knickerigkeit f (inf); (of sum, portion, donation)Schäbigkeit f, → Popeligkeit f (inf)
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[ˈstɪndʒɪnɪs] n (pej) (of person) → avarizia, tirchieria; (of gift, contribution) → esiguità
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(ˈstindʒi) adjective
mean or ungenerous. My father's very stingy with his money; stingy portions of food.
ˈstingily adverb
ˈstinginess noun
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References in classic literature ?
"I don't believe a man is in pocket by stinginess on his land," said Sir James.
"Oh, stinginess may be abused like other virtues: it will not do to keep one's own pigs lean," said Mrs.
To her other defects (as most people thought them, but which to Pierre were qualities) of untidiness and neglect of herself, she now added stinginess.
Peter was said to be; and discharged servant girls told fearsome tales of her temper and stinginess, and her family of pert, quarrelsome children.
The Musketeer could not forget the evil reports which then prevailed, and which indeed have survived them, of the procurators of the period--meanness, stinginess, fasts; but as, after all, excepting some few acts of economy which Porthos had always found very unseasonable, the procurator's wife had been tolerably liberal--that is, be it understood, for a procurator's wife--he hoped to see a household of a highly comfortable kind.
Don't you remember how fond I was of wearing your clothes at school, though you were not so fond of changing as myself; but that was no wonder, for pa's stinginess kept me so shabbily dressed, that I was ashamed to let you be seen in them.
But in that curious compound, the feminine character, it may easily happen that the flavor is unpleasant in spite of excellent ingredients; and a fine systematic stinginess may be accompanied with a seasoning that quite spoils its relish.
Suzanne hid the sack in a sort of gamebag made of osier which she had on her arm, all the while cursing du Bousquier for his stinginess; for one thousand francs was the sum she wanted.
Poyser; and then followed a discussion on the secrets of good brewing, the folly of stinginess in "hopping," and the doubtful economy of a farmer's making his own malt.
I know what it is to be the parting guest who has not parted freely enough, and that not from stinginess but the want of a fine instinct on the point.
But what really matters is not the stinginess, is not the meanness, but the /tone/ of the whole thing.
"Yes," said Leah; "I wish I had as good; not that mine are to complain of,--there's no stinginess at Thornfield; but they're not one fifth of the sum Mrs.