Parsimonious and Stingy

Parsimonious

Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor, Latin lex parsimoniae) is the law of parsimony, economy, or succinctness.

parsimonious adj : excessively unwilling to spend; "parsimonious thrift relieved by few generous impulses"; "lived in a most penurious manner--denying himself every indulgence" [syn: {penurious}]

72 Moby Thesaurus words for "parsimonious": Lenten, Scotch, Spartan, abstemious, ascetic, austere, canny, careful, chary, cheeseparing, conserving, dwarfed, dwarfish, economic, economizing, exiguous, forehanded, frugal, frugal to excess, impoverished, jejune, labor-saving, lean, limited, meager, mean, miserly, money-saving, narrow, niggardly, overfrugal, paltry, penny-wise, penny-wise and pound-foolish, poor, provident, prudent, prudential, puny, saving, scamping, scant, scanty, scrawny, scrimp, scrimping, scrimpy, skimp, skimping, skimpy, slender, slight, slim, small, spare, sparing, starvation, stingy, stinted, stinting, straitened, stunted, subsistence, thin, thrifty, time-saving, too frugal, unnourishing, unnutritious, unwasteful, watered, watery

Parsimonious \Par`si*mo"ni*ous\, a. [Cf. F. parcimonieux. See {Parsimony}.] Exhibiting parsimony; sparing in expenditure of money; frugal to excess; penurious; niggardly; stingy. -- {Par`si*mo"ni*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Par`si*mo"ni*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] A prodigal king is nearer a tyrant than a parsimonious. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] Extraordinary funds for one campaign may spare us the expense of many years; whereas a long, parsimonious war will drain us of more men and money. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Syn: Covetous; niggardly; miserly; penurious; close; saving; mean; stingy; frugal. See {Avaricious}. [1913 Webster]

Stingy

Stingy may refer to one of the following:

stingy adj 1: not generous; "she practices economy without being stingy"; "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds" [syn: {ungenerous}] [ant: {generous}] 2: selfishly unwilling to share with others [syn: {ungenerous}] [also: {stingiest}, {stingier}]

89 Moby Thesaurus words for "stingy": Lenten, Scotch, Spartan, abstemious, ascetic, austere, avaricious, cheap, cheeseparing, chinchy, chintzy, close, closefisted, costive, dwarfed, dwarfish, economical, exiguous, frugal, hardfisted, illiberal, impoverished, infrequent, jejune, lean, limited, little, meager, mean, mingy, miserly, narrow, near, niggard, niggardly, paltry, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penny-wise, penurious, petty, piddling, pinchfisted, pinching, pinchpenny, poor, puny, rare, save-all, scaly, scant, scanty, scarce, scattered, scrawny, screwy, scrimp, scrimping, scrimpy, seldom met with, seldom seen, skimp, skimping, skimpy, slender, slight, slim, small, spare, sparing, sparse, spotty, sprinkled, starvation, stinted, straitened, stunted, subsistence, thin, thrifty, tight, tightfisted, unchivalrous, ungenerous, ungiving, unnourishing, unnutritious, watered, watery

Stingy \Stin"gy\, a. [Compar. {Stingier}; superl. {Stingiest}.] [Probably from sting, and meaning originally, stinging; hence, biting, nipping (of the wind), churlish, avaricious; or cf. E. skinch.] Extremely close and covetous; meanly avaricious; niggardly; miserly; penurious; as, a stingy churl. [1913 Webster] A stingy, narrow-hearted fellow that had a deal of choice fruit, had not the heart to touch it till it began to be rotten. --L'estrange. [1913 Webster]

Stingy \Sting"y\, a. Stinging; able to sting. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • parsimonious: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • parsimonious: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • parsimonious: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • stingy: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • stingy: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • stingy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • stingy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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