Meaning of cheapskate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtʃiːpskeɪt/

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  • A miserly person.

    • ‘she told him he was a cheapskate’
    • ‘cheapskate bosses are still paying women peanuts compared to male workers’
    • ‘You're the kind of customer that waitresses hate, you cheapskate.’
    • ‘So Sally's father's primary concern is not that her husband has broken his marriage vows and betrayed her but that he's unwilling to pay for it - cheapskate!’
    • ‘The only thing that does stop me from hanging up on such callers is the offer of something free, cheapskate that I am.’
    • ‘Most men consider a decent razor one of life's little luxuries, and unlike cheapskate me will pay over the odds for a better shave.’
    • ‘And our collective indifference may not mean we are a bunch of uncaring cheapskates.’
    • ‘The result is that I rarely purchase things for myself, have a reputation with my wife as a cheapskate, and am the only person in the house that can say ‘No’ to my son with any regularity.’
    • ‘He was a cheapskate in every other way, but he did know his perks.’
    • ‘Certainly no one enjoys being smeared as a race of cheapskates, especially when that cheapness has been presented over the centuries as a ruthless desire to take a profit at any cost.’
    • ‘They were friends of mine, who already had tickets, but knew friends who were cheapskates and wouldn't buy opening day seats, no matter how much that they wanted to see a show.’
    • ‘It's a hassle to photocopy a book cover to cover, so most of us don't bother to do it, and those who do are possibly such cheapskates that they wouldn't buy the original to begin with.’
    • ‘They just have a redder color and come with their stems attached and you feel superior at the cash register to those cheapskates who're buying those other tomatoes.’
    • ‘Even cheapskates would never suggest that you skip special dinners out, such as those celebrating anniversaries or job promotions.’
    • ‘Hospitals were not only cheapskates when it came to investing in computers and Web technologies but also had a knack for wasting the money they did spend.’
    • ‘Despite have high paying jobs, they were all cheapskates.’
    • ‘Politicians are spend-happy on the campaign trail, but cheapskates in office.’
    • ‘Sure, there are a few cheapskates out there who won't buy CDs when they can just download the tracks.’
    • ‘'I'm a cheapskate,' Mike grinned as he led his friend into the kitchen.’
    • ‘‘I'm a cheapskate,’ she says unapologetically.’
    • ‘How many cheapskate bosses will demand multi-skilling but not pay for the training?’
    • ‘Cheapskate bosses can be fined or even sent to prison.’
    penny-pincher, pinchpenny, niggard, cheese-parer, Scrooge


Late 19th century (originally US): from cheap + skate.