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chintzy

[chint-see] /ˈtʃɪnt si/
adjective, chintzier, chintziest.
1.
of, like, or decorated with chintz.
2.
cheap, inferior, or gaudy.
3.
stingy; miserly:
a chintzy way to entertain guests.
Origin of chintzy
1850-1855
1850-55; chintz + -y1; cf. chinchy, which has reinforced figurative senses
Synonyms
3. cheap, close, niggardly, stinting.
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Examples from the Web for chintzy
Historical Examples
  • It's chintzy and cozy and old-fashioned looking, yet really it's up to or ahead of date.

    The Lightning Conductor Discovers America C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  • She felt oddly perturbed when at last she reached the seclusion of her chintzy bedroom underneath the sloping roof.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler
  • "It's odd I should find you here, Mr. Fitzroy," said Mrs. Shaw, settling her rustling skirts on a chintzy chair.

    The Invader Margaret L. Woods
  • The chintzy bedroom under the sloping roof was very still and quiet.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler
  • We'll keep nearly all this furniture, and add to it chintzy sofas and easy chairs.

    Abington Abbey Archibald Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for chintzy

chintzy

/ˈtʃɪntsɪ/
adjective chintzier, chintziest
1.
of, resembling, or covered with chintz
2.
(Brit, informal) typical of the decor associated with the use of chintz soft furnishings, as in a country cottage
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Word Origin and History for chintzy
adj.

1851, from chintz + -y (2).

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Slang definitions & phrases for chintzy

chintzy 1

adjective

Parsimonious; stingy; cheap, chinchy • The spelling imitates that of chintzy 2; a dialect spelling chinsy is attested from 1940: Ask them to validate both tickets, she'd think I was chintzy

[1950s+; probably fr chinchy]

chintzy 2

adjective

  1. Cheap and ill-made, but showy: the window filled with chintzy plastic couches
  2. Lacking chic and style; unfashionable: White shoes with a dark dress is considered very definitely ''chintzy''

[1850s+; fr Hindi fr chintz, a printed cotton fabric regarded as cheap, gaudy, and unstylish]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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