Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A stingy person; a miser.

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

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  • noun a miserly person

Etymologies

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cheap + skate (fellow)

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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