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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from an unrecorded English dialect stinge 'sting' (noun)

stingy

adjective
     
stin‧gy
1 informal not generous, especially with money [= mean]:
She's too stingy to give money to charity.
2 a stingy amount of something, especially food, is too small:
a stingy portion of vegetables
stingily adverb
stinginess noun [uncountable]

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