from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person of cheese-paring habits; a skinflint; a niggardly person.
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A nipcheese in Scottish-English is a miser, a skinflint; someone who only takes small bites at cheese because they are too stingy to buy more.
In those days the Quality were very rich in their deaths; and, for my part, I dissent from the starveling and nipcheese performances of modern funerals.
The purser attempted to stop her, but she called him a good-for-nothing nipcheese, and kicked and cuffed him, while
"Yes; nipcheese means purser of the ship -- you'll find all that out by-and-by; you've got lots to larn, and, by way of a hint, make him your friend if you can, for he earwigs the captain in fine style."
The old nipcheese lies there drunk half the day, and there's no getting at it. "