Definition of Penny-pinching

1. Noun. Extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily.

Exact synonyms: Parsimoniousness, Parsimony, Thrift
Generic synonyms: Frugality, Frugalness
Derivative terms: Parsimonious, Parsimonious, Thrifty, Thrifty

2. Adjective. Giving or spending with reluctance. "A penny-pinching miserly old man"
Exact synonyms: Cheeseparing, Close, Near, Skinny
Similar to: Stingy, Ungenerous
Derivative terms: Closeness

Definition of Penny-pinching

1. Adjective. reluctant to spend money; close-fisted ¹

2. Noun. reluctance to spend money; thrift or parsimony ¹

3. Noun. Instance of extreme economy. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Penny-pinching

penny-pinching (current term)
penny-wise and pound-foolish
penny ante
penny ante poker
penny arcade
penny arcades
penny bank
penny chew
penny chews
penny dreadful
penny dreadfuls

Literary usage of Penny-pinching

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Biennial Report by Nebraska Roads and Irrigation Dept (1906)
"... is of more value than a few units saved here and a few units there by penny-pinching, pound-foolish methods. Under stress and tension of emergency work ..."

2. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"Hang these penny-pinching fathers, that cram wealth in innocent lamb-skins. Rip, knaves, avaunt! Look to my guests! HODGE. My lord, we are at our wits' end ..."

3. The Chief Elizabethan Dramatists, Excluding Shakespeare by William Allan Neilson (1911)
"Eyre. No more, Firk; come, lively! Let your fellow-prentices want no cheer ; let wine be |io plentiful as beer, and beer as water. Hang these penny-pinching ..."

4. Representative English Comedies: With Introductory Essays and Notes, an by Charles Mills Gayley, Alwin Thaler (1914)
"... these penny pinching fathers, that cramme wealth in innocent lamb skinnes. Rip, knaves, avaunt! Looke to my guests! Hodge. My lord, we are at our wits ..."

5. The Wayward Welfare State by Roger A. Freeman (1981)
"... the egalitarian trends of the welfare state in the 1960s and, not surprisingly, blamed the ineffectiveness of most of its programs on "penny pinching. ..."

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