Definition of penny-pinching in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛnɪpɪntʃɪŋ/


Unwilling to spend money; miserly: penny-pinching governments with a utilitarian approach to the arts
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  • 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.
mean, miserly, niggardly, parsimonious, close-fisted, cheese-paring, penurious, scrimping, grasping, greedy, avaricious, Scrooge-like, ungenerous, illiberal, close
informal stingy, mingy, tight, tight-fisted, money-grubbing, money-grabbing
vulgar slang tight-arsed
archaic near


[mass noun]
Unwillingness to spend money: this penny-pinching has exposed the bridge’s steelwork to corrosion
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈpɛnɪpɪn(t)ʃə/
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.
skinflint, miser, Scrooge, niggard, cheese-parer
North American informal tightwad
vulgar slang tight-arse

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