Synonyms for (adjective) stingy

Synonyms: scrimpy, meager, meagerly, meagre, stingy

Definition: deficient in amount or quality or extent

Usage: meager resources; meager fare

Similar words: bare, scanty, spare

Definition: lacking in amplitude or quantity

Usage: a bare livelihood; a scanty harvest; a spare diet


Similar words: exiguous

Definition: extremely scanty

Usage: an exiguous budget


Similar words: hand-to-mouth

Definition: providing only bare essentials

Usage: a hand-to-mouth existence


Similar words: hardscrabble

Definition: barely satisfying a lower standard

Usage: the sharecropper's hardscrabble life


Similar words: paltry, miserable, measly

Definition: contemptibly small in amount

Usage: a measly tip; the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief; a paltry wage; almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans


Synonyms: ungenerous, stingy

Definition: unwilling to spend

Usage: she practices economy without being stingy; an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds

Similar words: beggarly, mean

Definition: (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt


Similar words: cheap, chinchy, chintzy

Definition: embarrassingly stingy


Similar words: cheeseparing, close, near, penny-pinching, skinny

Definition: giving or spending with reluctance

Usage: our cheeseparing administration; very close (or near) with his money; a penny-pinching miserly old man


Similar words: closefisted, tightfisted, hardfisted

Definition: unwilling to part with money


Similar words: grudging, niggardly, scrimy

Definition: petty or reluctant in giving or spending

Usage: a niggardly tip


Similar words: mingy, miserly, mean, tight

Definition: (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity

Usage: a mean person; he left a miserly tip


Similar words: parsimonious, penurious

Definition: excessively unwilling to spend

Usage: parsimonious thrift relieved by few generous impulses; lived in a most penurious manner--denying himself every indulgence