Jul
31
2013

skinflint

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

skinflint

skIn flInt

noun

a stingy person; miser.

Note: Robert Barnhart parses this eighteenth-century slang word as meaning “the kind of person who would skin a flint to save or gain something.” ( The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology: The Origins of American English Words, Robert K. Barnhart, 1995.)

 

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