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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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  • Many of our denominational colleges are parsimoniously sustained.

    Colleges in America John Marshall Barker
  • The Scottish king was poor, ill-housed, parsimoniously served, meagerly guarded.

  • She put a water can on the washstand and parsimoniously measured into it some attar of roses.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • Inferior coal, parsimoniously stoked, took the water-heater a long time to get going.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • Isolated in its narrow chamber, each grub nibbles the substance around it, peacefully and parsimoniously.

    A Book of Exposition Homer Heath Nugent
  • Did they think that the cross, given hitherto so parsimoniously to civilians, was not meant for the police?

  • But the great empires which clutch territory and ignore men, spend prodigally on their armies and parsimoniously on their people.

    The Revival of Irish Literature Charles Gavan Duffy
Word Origin and History for parsimoniously



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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