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

  • adj. Tightfisted; stingy.

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  • adj. Having hard or strong hands.
  • adj. covetous; niggardly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having hard or strong hands.
  • adj. Close-fisted; covetous; niggardly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having hard or strong hands, as a laborer.
  • Close-fisted; covetous.

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

  • adj. unwilling to part with money


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