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skinflint

[skin-flint] /ˈskɪnˌflɪnt/
noun
1.
a mean, niggardly person; miser.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; skin + flint
Related forms
skinflintily, adverb
skinflintiness, noun
skinflinty, adjective
Synonyms
hoarder, pinchpenny, niggard, Scrooge.
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British Dictionary definitions for skinflintiness

skinflint

/ˈskɪnˌflɪnt/
noun
1.
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 skinflintiness

skinflint

n.

"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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