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mingy

Syllabification: min·gy
Pronunciation: /ˈminjē
 
/

Definition of mingy in English:

adjective (mingier, mingiest)

informal
1Mean and stingy: you’ve been too mingy with the sunscreen
More example sentences
  • Attending pro tours is not for the mingy and tight-fisted, and a couple of times when Sharath applied to the government for at least a portion of the funds, the assistance came - but too late.
  • I was feeling a bit mingy and I bought the cheaper beads when I was in NY.
  • Even the power smirk, which we haven't seen much of since he was - unfairly - blamed for single-handedly jeopardising Labour's election chances with his mingy Budget, is back.
1.1Unexpectedly or undesirably small: a mingy kitchenette tucked in the corner
More example sentences
  • Screen goddesses like Rita Hayworth or Ava Gardner could have tucked one of those mingy little girls from Friends into their cleavage and still had room for Errol Flynn's accordion.
  • It was fourteen dollars, for two coffees and two mingy blondies, which he paid without flinching, even leaving the change from his twenty in the concessionaire's plastic cup.
  • The few mingy scraps of surviving forest were eerily silent, but once they crossed the borders of the MURC-controlled zone the vegetation closed around them with the density of a cave.

Origin

early 20th century: perhaps a blend of mean2 and stingy.

Derivatives

mingily

1
Pronunciation: /ˈminjəlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • My convention diary is unusually disjointed, since I was mingily commuting from Berkshire rather than pay £65 per night for a single room.
  • He had Kumble bowling in three spells even when he was getting wickets and bowling mingily but he cleverly held him back for a few overs to the tailenders.
  • I'm hoarding what must be the most expensive jar of Cheez Whiz ever eaten, and scraping it mingily across my bread to make the taste go as far as possible.

Words that rhyme with mingy

dingy, fringy, stingy, whingy

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