V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: unwilling to spend money

Synonyms: tight, penny-pinching, frugal, stingy, closefisted, chintzy, selfish

Antonyms: generous, extravagant, charitable

Tips: Parsimonious is derived from the Latin parsimonia, "frugality." Parsimonious describes a very frugal person. The noun parsimony denotes frugality or selfishness. For a memory trick, note how parsimonious sounds like "part with money is hideous." Someone who is parsimonious thinks parting with money is hideous and is something they would avoid doing.

Usage Examples:

His mother's parsimonious habit of reusing aluminum foil drove him crazy. (penny-pinching)

He is simply too parsimonious to buy a new pair of shoes when the old ones are still good. (frugal)

He was unwilling to throw a Christmas party for his employees because of his parsimony and the knowledge that parties can be expensive. (frugality) noun

The parsimonious woman had a huge amount of money in her savings account, yet she never gave to charity. (stingy, penny-pinching)

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