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chintzy (stingy)

Definition:

embarrassingly stingy

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Derivative:

chintzily

Comparative:

chintzier

Superlative:

chintziest

Similar to:

stingy

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

cheap | chinchy

Etymology:

"chintz" + "-y": from the sleazy quality of some chintz fabrics
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of chintzy...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

chinchy

tightfisted or miserly (3 of 243 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chinchy

Random House Dictionary:

chinchy | chinchier [comparative] | chinchiest [superlative]

[middle United States, southern United States] stingy; miserly; cheap. (9 of 15 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/chinchy

American Heritage Dictionary:

chinchy [southern United States] | chinchier [comparative] | chinchiest [superlative]

Stingy; tightfisted; cheap. (3 of 14 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chinchy

Wikipedia:

Chintz | chint

originally glazed calico textiles, initially specifically those imported from India, printed with designs featuring flowers and other patterns in different colours, typically on a light plain background. Since the 19th century the term has also been... (36 of 1106 words, 8 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Chintz

Merriam-Webster:

chintzy | chintzier [comparative] | chintziest [superlative] | gaudy [synonym, sense-specific] | stingy [synonym, sense-specific] | cheap [synonym, sense-specific] | affordable [synonym, sense-specific] | bargain-basement [synonym, sense-specific] | budget [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

decorated with or as if with chintz | "gaudy", "cheap" ; "stingy" (11 of 128 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/chintzy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

chintzy | chintzier [comparative] | chintziest [superlative]

covered or decorated with chintz ; too colourful and in poor taste | [United States, informal] cheap and badly made | [United States, informal] ... (22 of 60 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/chintzy

Oxford Dictionary:

chintzy | chintzier [comparative] | chintziest [superlative] | miserly [synonym, sense-specific] | mean [synonym, sense-specific] | chintzily [derived] | chintziness [derived]

[British] : of, like, or decorated with chintz | brightly colourful but gaudy and tasteless. | [North American, informal] : cheap and of poor quality ... (23 of 57 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/chintzy

Cambridge Dictionary:

chintzy [entry 1]

decorated with a lot of chintz (6 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/chintzy 1

chintzy [entry 2, United States]

(of things) cheap and of low quality, or (of people) not willing to spend money (15 of 46 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/chintzy 2

New World Dictionary:

chintzy | chintzier [comparative] | chintziest [superlative]

like chintz | [United States, informal] cheap, stingy, mean, petty, etc. (10 of 23 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chintzy

Wiktionary:

chintzy | chintzier [comparative] | chintziest [superlative] | stingy [synonym, sense-specific] | Stingy [synonym, sense-specific]

Of or decorated with chintz. | tastelessly showy; cheap, tacky, or gaudy | Stingy; excessively reluctant to spend. (16 of 17 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chintzy

Encarta Dictionary:

chinchy | chinchier [comparative] | chinchiest [superlative]

cheap | miserly (2 of 30 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861596780​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

chintzy | chintzier [comparative] | chintziest [superlative]

Origin: "chintz" + "-y": from the sleazy quality of some chintz fabrics

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chintzy

Online Etymology:

chintzy

First use: 1851

Origin: "chintz" + "-y" (2).

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=chintzy

chintz

First use: 1719

Origin: plural of chint (1610s), from Hindi chint, from Sanskrit chitra-s "clear, bright" (compare "cheetah"). The plural (the more ... (19 of 64 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=chintz

Wiktionary:

chintzy

Origin: chintz + -y

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chintzy

chintz | chintzes [plural]

Origin: Hindi छींट (chīṅṭ).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chintz

-y

Origin: Middle English -y, -i, from Old English -iġ ("-y, -ic", suffix), from Proto-Germanic *-īgaz ("-y, ... | Middle English and Scots | Anglo-Norman and Middle French -ie and -e, from Latin -ia,... (30 of 81 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-y

American Heritage Dictionary:

chinchy [southern United States] | chinchier [comparative] | chinchiest [superlative]

Origin: Alteration of "chintzy".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chinchy

Encarta Dictionary:

chinchy | chinchier [comparative] | chinchiest [superlative]

First use: Early 20th century

Origin: obsolete chinch "miser" from Old French chiche "miserly"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861596780​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

chintzy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "chintzy"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chintzy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

chintzy | chintzier [comparative] | chintziest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "chintzy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/chintzy

Macmillan American Dictionary:

chintzy | chintzier [comparative] | chintziest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "chintzy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/chintzy

Cambridge Dictionary:

chintzy [entry 2, United States]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "chintzy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "chintzy"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/chintzy 2

the Free Dictionary:

chintzy

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "chintzy"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "chintzy"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "chintzy" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/chintzy

chinchy

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "chinchy"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "chinchy"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "chinchy" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/chinchy

Google Dictionary:

chintzy | chintzier [comparative] | chintziest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "chintzy"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=chintzy

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

chintzy

Audio: North American pronunciation of "chintzy"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=chintz​02 word=chintzy

YourDictionary Audio:

chintzy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "chintzy" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chintzy

chinchy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "chinchy"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chinchy

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