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tightwad (n.)

"parsimonious person," 1900, from tight in the figurative sense of "close-fisted" (1805) + wad (n.). The notions of stringency and avarice also combine in Modern Greek sphiktos "greedy," literally "tight."

updated on February 09, 2014

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Definitions of tightwad from WordNet

tightwad (n.)
a miserly person;
Synonyms: cheapskate
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