Definitions

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

  • adjective Small in quantity; meager.
  • adjective Mean and stingy.

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  • adjective colloquial Mean, miserly, stingy.

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

  • adjective (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps from m(ean) + (st)ingy.]

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Origin uncertain.

Examples

  • Oh, come on ,it's less than twenty quid - don't be 'mingy' !

    Get Your Chipmunk Merchandise Here!

  • 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.

    Margaret Atwood | Underbrush Man

  • They sent two boxes and I said, 'You're being mingy, I want four.'

    A Boutique-Designing Biker Dude

  • Shot digitally on a mingy budget, it looks start-of-the-art Hollywood --- just raw and unvarnished, like Hollywood never is.

    Jesse Kornbluth: Winter's Bone Is the Best Movie I've Seen This Year (Or Hope to)

  • 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.

    On being a father

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Goofing Up Health Care Reform

  • 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 ...

    Now that I have your attention - Swampland - TIME.com

  • They are treating me so well, and they are such nice people, it's hard to find anything mingy to say.

    I'm telling you, it wasn't my idea ...

  • 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.

    From 'Ashes' To Stardom

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