cheap skate


[cheep-skeyt] Informal.
a person who is stingy and miserly.
verb (used without object), cheapskated, cheapskating.
to act in a stingy or miserly way.

1895–1900, Americanism; cheap + skate3 Unabridged
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cheapskate (ˈtʃiːpˌskeɪt)
informal a miserly person

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Word Origin & History

"miserly person," 1896, from cheap (q.v.), second element perhaps from Amer.Eng. slang skate "worn-out horse" (1894), of uncertain origin.
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Idioms & Phrases

cheap skate

A stingy person, as in He's a real cheap skate when it comes to tipping. This idiom combines cheap (for "penurious") with the slang usage of skate for a contemptible or low individual. It has largely replaced the earlier cheap John. [Slang; late 1800s]

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