noun Informal.

  1. a close-fisted or stingy person.


  1. slang, mainly US and Canadian a stingy person; miser

n.“parsimonious person,” 1900, from tight in the sense of “close-fisted” (1805) + wad (n.). The notions of stringency and avarice also combine in Modern Greek sphiktos “greedy,” literally “tight.”

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