from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A stingy person; a miser.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who stingily avoids spending money.
  • n. By extension, someone who doesn't give freely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a miserly person


cheap + skate (fellow) (Wiktionary)



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  • I believe the skate part of this comes from the same root as scat, so a cheapskate is a cheap shit. Other books have presented different roots.

    July 3, 2009