Definition of penny-pinching in English:

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penny-pinching

Pronunciation: /ˈpenē ˌpinCHiNG/

adjective

Unwilling to spend or share money; miserly; mean.
Example sentences
  • Running one would only be a waste of taxpayers' money, which I'm sure our penny-pinching scheme opposers would find horrific!
  • Traditionally, backpackers haven't had two baht to rub together, and joining their number has meant submitting yourself to an unremitting grind of penny-pinching international poverty.
  • Owners of 43 homes - 75 per cent of the beds available - say they are being pushed to the brink of bankruptcy by a penny-pinching council that will not pay a fair price.
Synonyms

noun

Unwillingness to spend or share money.
Example sentences
  • And he rounded things off with a joke regarding the Scot's notoriety for stinginess and penny-pinching.
  • No, I'm not talking about the thrift kind of penny-pinching, I'm talking about lifting an extra cent or two from every overseas transaction involving a credit-card.
  • The mighty Dragon sneers at the prudent and penny-pinching.

Derivatives

penny-pincher

Pronunciation: /ˈpenēˌpinCHər/
noun
Example sentences
  • Scrooge, the quintessential penny-pincher, never felt the spirit until sequential hallucinations bearing noble messages scared him into generosity.
  • Go on call me a penny-pincher or a cheapskate, I can take it!
  • But now it transpires that our soldiers truly are being shot by both sides: the patronising ninnies who would prevent them from going to war at all, and the soulless penny-pinchers who think that soldiers matter only when they're fighting.
Synonyms

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Syllabification: pen·ny-pinch·ing

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