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[pahr-suh-moh-nee-uh s] /ˌpɑr səˈmoʊ ni əs/
characterized by or showing parsimony; frugal or stingy.
Origin of parsimonious
1590-1600; parsimon(y) + -ious
Related forms
parsimoniously, adverb
parsimoniousness, noun
unparsimonious, adjective
unparsimoniously, adverb
tight, close, niggardly, miserly, illiberal, mean, penurious; avaricious, covetous. See stingy1 .
generous. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He wrung the tax code dry, penny by penny, with parsimonious business deductions and luxurious benefits as a college professor.
  • The comparatively-parsimonious new budget gave an excuse to get rid of those projects.
  • The recession gives parsimonious innovators a chance to go global.
  • As a spectacle, it makes the wide screen look parsimonious.
  • Lately, clients have learnt to be parsimonious with their marketing budgets.
  • His preparations and outfit were accordingly contracted and parsimonious.
  • Not everyone with cash to give away is so seemingly parsimonious.
  • Plus, we had worked extra hours for a particularly parsimonious studio.
  • For one thing, those banks left standing after the bust will be far more parsimonious with consumer credit.
  • Of course, the more parsimonious explanation seems to be that there are alternative explanations of the gap.
Word Origin and History for parsimonious

1590s, from Latin parsimonia "frugality, thrift" (see parsimony) + -ous. Not originally with the suggestion of stinginess. Related: Parsimoniously; parsimoniousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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