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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    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
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    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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