Definition of Penny-wise

1. Adjective. Thrifty in small matters only.

Similar to: Thrifty

Definition of Penny-wise

1. Adjective. Thrifty in regards to small amounts of money. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Penny-wise

penny-wise (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
penny for them
penny for your thoughts

Literary usage of Penny-wise

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1. The Human Factor in Education by James Phinney Munroe (1920)
"THE WORLD OF THE PENNY WISE THE usage of the great war, which dated events from " Somewhere in France," gives precedent for saying that " Somewhere in New ..."

2. The Complete Golfer by Harry Vardon (1908)
"... preliminary survey—A patient study of possibilities—Stakes at the holes—Removal of natural disadvantages—" Penny wise and pound foolish "—The selection ..."

3. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"penny-wise AND POUND- FOOLISH, Sparing in a little and Lavish in a great Deal, ... Override any arguments advanced by the supporters of a penny-wise and ..."

4. My Life and Recollections by Grantley Fitzhardinge Berkeley (1866)
"Life of a courtier—Drawing-rooms and State Balls—The royal household—penny-wise principles—George IV.'s distaste for Radicalism—Confidential revelations—The ..."

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