American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Informal Small in quantity; meager: mingy wages.
- adj. Informal Mean and stingy.
- adj. (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
- Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from m(ean)2 + (st)ingy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Oh, come on ,it's less than twenty quid - don't be 'mingy' !”
“They sent two boxes and I said, 'You're being mingy, I want four.”
“When he's got three mornings' worth of video tape – which is all he can afford on this mingy little grant – John will be able to start on the really creative part of the project.”
“Shot digitally on a mingy budget, it looks start-of-the-art Hollywood --- just raw and unvarnished, like Hollywood never is.”
“The Republicans he seeks to satisfy are ideological goofballs like Iowa's Sen. Chuck Grassley, who wails that a nonprofit public insurance option would offer better deals to consumers than the mingy, exorbitantly expensive health care policies sold by the monopolistic insurance giants.”
“First day of Swampitude and the left-wing blogosphere -- which is overpopulated by illiberal leftists and reactionary progressives -- is already attacking me: 24 mostly mingy comments about my Left Behind post, many of which seem to be steaming off a post by Greg Sargent, who writes a blog called The Horse's ...”
“They are treating me so well, and they are such nice people, it's hard to find anything mingy to say.”
“Gordon marries the mother-to-be of his child, takes the job at the New Albion, where he creates a successful ad campaign for foot deodorant, and even buys an aspidistra, the symbol he had long derided of “mingy lower-middle class decency,” installing it in the front window of their apartment for all the world to see.”
“The mother, the Angela of the title, begged for charity and lived off the mingy help of relatives, at one point sleeping with a cousin so that her children might have a place to live.”
“The corruption culture in Illinois tends to be mingy, pedestrian, shameful.”
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Culling my "Learned (or Encountered) in Reading" list. Thanks for the idea, yarb.
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