Definition of close-fisted in English:

Share this entry

close-fisted

Pronunciation: /ˌklōsˈfistəd/

adjective

Unwilling to spend money; stingy.
Example sentences
  • It is quite surprising how one's wants increase at Christmas time, and what a tide of generosity suddenly sets in: the most close-fisted folks relax their grip, and yield to the genial impulse.
  • Being a poor man, filling a place fit only for rich men, he had been driven to think of money, and had become self-denying and parsimonious - perhaps we may say hungry and close-fisted.
  • A man gives to the free-handed, but no one gives to the close-fisted.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: close-fist·ed

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.