Etymology: perhaps from English dialect *stinge, noun, sting; akin to Old English stingan to sting
1. not generous or liberal ; sparing or scant in using, giving, or spending <stingy with the salt> <stingy employee benefits> 2. meanly scanty or small <stingy portions of meat> • stingily adverb • stinginess noun Synonyms: stingy, close, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, miserly mean being unwilling or showing unwillingness to share with others. stingy implies a marked lack of generosity <a stingy child, not given to sharing>. close suggests keeping a tight grip on one's money and possessions <folks who are very close when charity calls>. niggardly implies giving or spending the very smallest amount possible <the niggardly amount budgeted for the town library>. parsimonious suggests a frugality so extreme as to lead to stinginess <a parsimonious lifestyle notably lacking in luxuries>. penurious implies niggardliness that gives an appearance of actual poverty <the penurious eccentric bequeathed a fortune>. miserly suggests a sordid avariciousness and a morbid pleasure in hoarding <a miserly couple devoid of social conscience>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.