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Sunday Word: Skinflint

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

Examples:

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)

Origin:

'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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