tight wad


noun Informal.
a close-fisted or stingy person.

1895–1900, Americanism; tight + wad1

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tightwad (ˈtaɪtˌwɒd)
slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) a stingy person; miser

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Word Origin & History

"parsimonious person," 1900, from tight in the sense of "close-fisted" (1805) + wad. The notions of stringency and avarice also combine in Mod.Gk. sphiktos "greedy," lit. "tight."
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