Definitions

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

  • adj. Careful in dealing with small sums of money or small matters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Thrifty in regards to small amounts of money.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Thrifty in small matters only. Used mostly in the phrase penny-wise and pound foolish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Saving small sums at the hazard of larger; niggardly in unimportant affairs: generally used in the phrase penny-wise and pound-foolish, careful in small economies and wasteful in large affairs.

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

  • adj. thrifty in small matters only

Etymologies

penny +‎ wise (Wiktionary)

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  • VARIANT FORMS: or pennywise
    ADJECTIVE: Careful in dealing with small sums of money or small matters.

    October 10, 2007