• WordNet 3.6
    • adj stingy deficient in amount or quality or extent "meager resources","meager fare"
    • adj stingy unwilling to spend "she practices economy without being stingy","an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Stingy Extremely close and covetous; meanly avaricious; niggardly; miserly; penurious; as, a stingy churl. "A stingy , narrow-hearted fellow that had a deal of choice fruit, had not the heart to touch it till it began to be rotten."
    • a Stingy Stinging; able to sting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stingy Stinging; piercing, as the wind; sharp, as a criticism.
    • stingy Ill-tempered.
    • stingy Meanly avaricious; extremely close-fisted and covetous; niggardly: as, a stingy fellow.
    • stingy Scanty; not full or plentiful.
    • stingy Synonyms Parsimonious, Miserly, etc. (see penurious), illiberal, ungenerous, saving, chary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Stingy stin′ji niggardly: avaricious
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  • John Wanamaker
    John Wanamaker
    “Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably from sting, and meaning originally, stinging; hence, biting, nipping (of the wind), churlish, avaricious; or cf. E. skinch,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Merely sting-y.


In literature:

I'll retrench without being mean, and I'll economize without being stingy.
"Polly" by L. T. Meade
Its last possessor had been a stingy old bachelor; but after Lady Catherine's coming, the housekeeping was put on a grand scale.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 436" by Various
The clique which had rated his reticence stingy was eager to believe.
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
Small ears indicate that a person is stingy.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Don't be stingy, Marian.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
I must not be stingy, nor yet extravagant with it.
"How to Sing" by Lilli Lehmann
You need no longer toil in the service of a stingy parson.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
He sure was stingy and the meanest white man I ever seed.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Everybody in Riverdale said he was mean and stingy.
"Now or Never" by Oliver Optic
The ridicule was hard enough to bear, but the sneers at his stingy ways hurt him most.
"Dick Lionheart" by Mary Rowles Jarvis

In poetry:

You stingy boy! you've always had
A share in mamma's heart;
Would you begrudge your poor old dad
The tiniest little part?
"To A Usurper" by Eugene Field
Of course Ranjitsinhji
Was quite right not to be stingy,
But I never could quite see the relevance
Of his keeping nine thousand elephants.
"Clerihew – Ranjitsinhji" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
There dwelt an Old Woman Exeter,
When visitors came it sore vexed her,
So for fear they should eat,
She lock'd up all the meat;
This stingy Old Woman of Exeter.
"Limericks: The History of Sixteen Wonderful Old Women" by Anonymous British
'The stranger had a queerish face,
His smile was hardly pleasant,
And, though he meant it for a grace,
Yet this old hen of barnyard race
Was but a stingy present.
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell
And the next that I remember, it started in a joke;
But full for a week it lasted, and neither of us spoke.
And the next was when I scolded because she broke a bowl;
And she said I was mean and stingy, and hadn't any soul.
"Betsey And I Are Out" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

Matthew Stafford may continue his struggles against Bears' stingy pass defense.
Big rushing attack, stingy defense send Tigers buzzing past Yellowjackets.
1 in 5 men blame their own careless driving for a car park accident, compared to women who would rather blame the stingy sizes of the UK's car park spaces (42% of women against 33% of men).
Michigan angler starts strong on stingy Chesapeake Bay finale.
The sudden spike in these stingy critters along with the increase in vacationers to our area is causing problems for local first responders, but you may be better off trying to treat a "minor" jellyfish sting yourself.
Stingy 'D' clips Owls' wings.
But the Grantsville girls displayed a stingy defense and enough firepower to overcome the visiting 4A Cottonwood Colts 44-32.
Tide 'D' still stingy despite NFL exodus .
UCLA played a stingy version of its inconsistent zone defense the last time it met Washington State for an easy victory.
Simple, but stingy: Mike Stoops' scheme finds its footing .
Rockstar is stingy about Grand Theft Auto 5.
The Lancers started hot thanks to stingy defense and were able to continue with their success with a very balanced scoring attack.
The tale of Stingy Jack.
New Yorkers Who Live By Central Park Stingy With Donations.
A's pitchers are stingy with walks.