a mean, niggardly person; miser.

1690–1700; skin + flint

skinflintily, adverb
skinflintiness, noun
skinflinty, adjective

hoarder, pinchpenny, niggard, Scrooge. Unabridged
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skinflint (ˈskɪnˌflɪnt)
an ungenerous or niggardly person; miser
[C18: referring to a person so avaricious that he would skin (swindle) a flint]

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Word Origin & History

1700, "miser," slang; lit. "kind of person who would skin a flint to save or gain something," from skin (v.) + flint.
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Example sentences
The chime has the added benefit of making skinflint dinner guests feel guilty that they didn't bring along a bottle.
That, they say, enables skinflint employers to pay poverty wages to the weakest people in the land.
Most businesses in the province have so far proved skinflint in spending on research and development.
He never thought of taking me anywhere, the old skinflint.
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