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Daemon
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chintzy

(adjective) Embarrassingly stingy.

Synonyms: cheap

Usage: I cannot afford to spend much on her gift, but if I wait for things to go on sale, I can stay within my budget without appearing chintzy.
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chintzy
Definition: (adjective) Embarrassingly stingy.
Synonyms: cheap
Usage: I cannot afford to spend much on her gift, but if I wait for things to go on sale, I can stay within my budget without appearing chintzy.
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Chintz originally referred to glazed calico textiles, specifically those imported from India, printed with designs featuring flowers and other patterns in different colours, typically on a light plain background. (The name is derived from the Hindi chīnt, meaning ‘spotted’, ‘variegated’, ‘speckled’, or ‘sprayed’)

Thus 'chintzy' (a value judgement) fussily overdecorated, old-fashioned.

At its most perjorative " vulgar or florid in appearance, and commonly in informal speech, to refer to cheap, low quality, or gaudy things, and similarly, to personal behavior". Wikipedia again.

I have never heard it used to express this degree of distaste in U.K.
Adyl Mouhei
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Chintzy:


1/BRITISH
Of, like, or decorated with chintz.
"A pretty, chintzy fabric"



2/INFORMAL•NORTH AMERICAN
Cheap and of poor quality.
"A chintzy amateur lens"


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Some states have generous household bankruptcy exemptions for insolvent debtors, others chintzy ones.
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Treasurer wrote:
I have never heard it used to express this degree of distaste in U.K.

I first came across the word in John Galsworthy's The Man of Property:

Quote:
And he followed her through the dark hall, into a small double, drawing-room, where the furniture was covered in chintz, and the little maid placed him in a chair.

"They're all in the garden, sir; if you'll kindly take a seat, I'll tell them."

Old Jolyon sat down in the chintz-covered chair, and looked around him. The whole place seemed to him, as he would have expressed it, pokey; there was a certain — he could not tell exactly what — air of shabbiness, or rather of making two ends meet, about everything. As far as he could see, not a single piece of furniture was worth a five-pound note. The walls, distempered rather a long time ago, were decorated with water-colour sketches; across the ceiling meandered a long crack.

Since then to me it has this air of making two ends meet. But to associate it with stinginess it takes style:

https://books.google.com/books?id=CXkYAAAAIAAJ&q=chintzy

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chintzy
Definition: (adjective) Embarrassingly stingy.
Synonyms: cheap
Usage: I cannot afford to spend much on her gift, but if I wait for things to go on sale, I can stay within my budget without appearing chintzy.


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