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Skinflint   /skˈɪnflɪnt/   Listen
Skinflint

noun
1.
A selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend.  Synonyms: churl, niggard, scrooge.






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"Skinflint" Quotes from Famous Books



... back. I could have put it back if the old skinflint hadn't got to sniffing round and sicked 'em on my books. I could have won it all back in time, Renie. With my own uncle, my own mother's brother, it—it wasn't like I was stealing it, ...
— Every Soul Hath Its Song • Fannie Hurst

... dozen letters promising the chevalier things that almost turned his head, the man dropped him entirely. In the midst of his dreams of wealth a letter came from the old skinflint's steward enclosing him the sum of six hundred marks, and telling him that as his master had come to the conclusion that wealth would be more of a curse than a blessing to a man of his class and station, he had thought better of his rash promise. He begged to ...
— The Boy Scouts Book of Stories • Various

... kind of mosaics composed of droll bits of fact picked up in the neighbourhood, Fortrose soon became considerably too hot for her. She had drawn, under the over-transparent guise of the niggardly Mrs. Flint, the skinflint wife of a "paper minister," who had ruined at one fell blow her best silk dress, and a dozen of good eggs to boot, by putting the eggs in her pocket when going out to a party, and then stumbling over a stone. And, of course, Mrs. Skinflint ...
— My Schools and Schoolmasters - or The Story of my Education. • Hugh Miller

... son, eh? I guess I know his pa, a mean old skinflint, if ever there was one. But he dotes on that boy of his, and he'll get him the suit ...
— Rod of the Lone Patrol • H. A. Cody

... I know it?" her aunt burst out. "They must 'a' gone up a cent, an' I sellin' mine at the store for sixty-six! Ain't it just like that meachin' Elias Barnes to do me out of a penny a dozen, the skinflint." ...
— The Wall Between • Sara Ware Bassett

... so much the worser, or rather so much the better," retorted Madeleine. "He is an arrant skinflint." ...
— Cousin Pons • Honore de Balzac

... nonce, and a right open-handed lord is he. Better be under him than under the shrivelled skinflint of France, who wore his fine robes as though they galled him. Come and take service here when thou art whole of ...
— Grisly Grisell • Charlotte M. Yonge

... Parson Lothrop he preached a sarmon on contentment on the text, 'We brought nothin' into the world, and it's sartin we can carry nothin' out; and having food and raiment, let us be therewith content.' Parson Lothrop he got round the subject about as handsome as he could: he didn't say what a skinflint old Black Hoss was, but he talked in a gineral way about the vanity o' worryin' an' scrapin' to heap up riches. Ye see, Parson Lothrop he could say it all putty easy, too, 'cause since he married a rich wife he never hed no occasion to worry about temporal ...
— Oldtown Fireside Stories • Harriet Beecher Stowe



Words linked to "Skinflint" :   pinchgut, scrooge, niggard, hoarder



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