stingy

If you are looking to describe someone with a Scrooge- or Grinch-like tendency to pinch his pennies, then stingy can be your adjective of choice. Or, if you are looking to describe something you have too little of — like a 43-second coffee break — you can use stingy as well.

The adjective stingy (pronounced with a soft "g") is likely derived from the adjective stingy (pronounced with a hard "g"), which means "biting, sharp, or stinging." Although stingy is usually used to describe an ungenerous or miserly person, stingy can also be used to describe a larger entity: "People were no longer able to buy homes due to the stingy lending policies of the banks."

Definitions of stingy
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adj unwilling to spend

“she practices economy without being stingy
Synonyms:
ungenerous
uncharitable
lacking love and generosity
beggarly, mean
(used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
cheap, chinchy, chintzy
embarrassingly stingy
cheeseparing, close, near, penny-pinching, skinny
giving or spending with reluctance
closefisted, hardfisted, tightfisted
unwilling to part with money
grudging, niggardly, scrimy
petty or reluctant in giving or spending
mean, mingy, miserly, tight
(used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
parsimonious, penurious
excessively unwilling to spend
meanspirited, ungenerous
lacking in magnanimity
selfish
concerned chiefly or only with yourself and your advantage to the exclusion of others
Antonyms:
generous
willing to give and share unstintingly
charitable
full of love and generosity
benevolent, freehearted
generous in providing aid to others
big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, giving, handsome, liberal, openhanded
given or giving freely
lavish, munificent, overgenerous, too-generous, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting
very generous
unselfish
not greedy
generous
not petty in character and mind
unselfish
disregarding your own advantages and welfare over those of others
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adj deficient in amount or quality or extent

Synonyms:
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy
scarce
deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand
bare, scanty, spare
lacking in amplitude or quantity
exiguous
extremely scanty
hand-to-mouth
providing only bare essentials
hardscrabble
barely satisfying a lower standard
measly, miserable, paltry
contemptibly small in amount
minimal, minimum
the least possible
deficient, insufficient
of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
Antonyms:
ample
more than enough in size or scope or capacity
abundant
present in great quantity
full, good
having the normally expected amount
generous
more than adequate
full, wide, wide-cut
having ample fabric
sufficient
of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant
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