Definitions

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

  • adj. Excessively sparing or frugal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Exhibiting parsimony; sparing in expenditure of money; frugal to excess; penurious; niggardly; stingy.
  • adj. Using a minimal number of assumptions, steps, or conjectures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exhibiting parsimony; sparing in expenditure of money; frugal to excess; penurious; niggardly; stingy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by parsimony in practice or disposition; very sparing in expenditure; frugal to excess; stinting; niggardly.
  • Synonyms Miserly, Niggardly, etc. See penurious.

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

  • adj. excessively unwilling to spend

Etymologies

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From Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimonia from parsus, past participle of parcere ("to spare").

Examples

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  • extremely frugal; miserly

    Katie is so parsimonious that she only buys a pair of socks if all of her other socks have holes in them.

    October 11, 2016

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