Etymology
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stingy (adj.)

"niggardly, penurious, extremely tight-fisted," 1650s, of uncertain origin, perhaps a dialectal alteration of earlier stingy "biting, sharp, stinging" (1610s), from sting (v.). Back-formation stinge "a stingy person" is recorded from 1905. Related: Stingily; stinginess.

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Definitions of stingy

stingy (adj.)
unwilling to spend (money, time, resources, etc.);
she practices economy without being stingy
Synonyms: ungenerous
stingy (adj.)
deficient in amount or quality or extent;
Synonyms: meager / meagre / meagerly / scrimpy
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