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[chint-see] /ˈtʃɪnt si/
adjective, chintzier, chintziest.
of, like, or decorated with chintz.
cheap, inferior, or gaudy.
stingy; miserly:
a chintzy way to entertain guests.
Origin of chintzy
1850-55; chintz + -y1; cf. chinchy, which has reinforced figurative senses
3. cheap, close, niggardly, stinting. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chintzy
  • Only a true icon makes every other product in its category seem chintzy and dated, if not totally obsolete.
  • And unlike other, flimsier slider phones, the plastic hardware isn't chintzy.
  • Despite the notebook's mostly plastic construction, it doesn't come off as chintzy.
  • And once loaded, the belt gripped the hips with a particularly gentle touch, despite chintzy plastic load-bearing reinforcement.
  • chintzy keyboard and mouse are practically begging to be shattered.
  • And some of them might even have been called a bit chintzy.
  • If nothing else, it's a telling example of how threadbare and chintzy airline service is when things go wrong.
British Dictionary definitions for chintzy


adjective chintzier, chintziest
of, resembling, or covered with chintz
(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

1851, from chintz + -y (2).

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Slang definitions & phrases for chintzy

chintzy 1


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

  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.
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