a person who does anything in a contemptibly small or cheap way.
a stingy, tight-fisted person; tightwad.
a person who gambles, speculates, etc., in a small, cautious way.
1275–1325; Middle English:
petty thief, equivalent to pik
) to pick1
; compare dial. (N England, Scots, Hiberno-English
cheapskate, penny pincher, skinflint.