Sally M (sallymn) wrote in 1word1day,
Sally M

Sunday Word: Skinflint

skinflint [skin-flint]
(Informal) A person who spends as little money as possible, or who would save, gain, or extort money by any means; a miser


This skinflint foursome proudly refer to themselves as the Frugal Four. (After Brexit, who will be the British of the EU?, The Economist, 2020)

Nobody could call Sir Elton John a skinflint. He likes sunglasses, so he's got 250,000 pairs of them (all stored at an ambient 16C). (Benjie Goodhart, Elton John's love affair with a 1956 Bentley Continental is one of many, British GQ, 2020)

But with a variation - I will not ask for the money and ruin myself; I will ROB the old skinflint." (Mark Twain, Pudd'n'head Wilson)

Glegg himself was stingy in the most amiable manner; his neighbors called him "near," which always means that the person in question is a lovable skinflint. (George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss)


'miser, one who makes use of contemptible economy to keep money,' 1700, slang; literally 'kind of person who would skin a flint to save or gain something,' from skin (v.) + flint. Flay-flint in same sense is from 1670s. (Online Etymological Dictionary)


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