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Stingy

stingy
Extremely close and covetous; meanly avaricious; niggardly; miserly; penurious; as, a stingy churl. A stingy, narrowhearted fellow that had a deal of choice fruit, had not the heart to touch it till it began to be rotten. (L’estrange)
Origin: Probably from sting, and meaning originally, stinging; hence, biting, nipping (of the wind), churlish, avaricious; or cf. E. Skinch.


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