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[skin-flint] /ˈskɪnˌflɪnt/
a mean, niggardly person; miser.
Origin of skinflint
1690-1700; skin + flint
Related forms
skinflintily, adverb
skinflintiness, noun
skinflinty, adjective
hoarder, pinchpenny, niggard, Scrooge. Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for skinflint


an ungenerous or niggardly person; miser
Derived Forms
skinflinty, adjective
Word Origin
C18: referring to a person so avaricious that he would skin (swindle) a flint
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Word Origin and History for skinflint

"miser, one who makes use of contemptible economy to keep money," 1700, slang; literally "kind of person who would skin a flint to save or gain something," from skin (v.) + flint. Flay-flint in same sense is from 1670s.

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