stingy

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

sting +‎ -y

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stingy (comparative stingier, superlative stingiest)

  1. Stinging; able to sting.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Uncertain, possibly from stinge, a dialectal variation of sting (verb).

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stingy (comparative stingier, superlative stingiest)

  1. Unwilling to spend, give, or share; ungenerous; mean
    • 1909, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea Chapter XVIII
      "Well, I'm doing my best to grow," said Davy, "but it's a thing you can't hurry much. If Marilla wasn't so stingy with her jam I believe I'd grow a lot faster."
  2. Small, scant, meager, insufficient
    • 2014 September 7, Natalie Angier, “The Moon comes around again [print version: Revisiting a moon that still has secrets to reveal: Supermoon revives interest in its violent origins and hidden face, International New York Times, 10 September 2014, p. 8]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      As the moon wheels around Earth every 28 days and shows us a progressively greater and then stingier slice of its sun-lightened face, the distance between the moon and Earth changes, too. At the nearest point along its egg-shaped orbit, its perigee, the moon may be 26,000 miles closer to us than it is at its far point.
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Use of "stingy of" was about as common as use of "stingy with" until about 1900 but became much less common by and since 1920.

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