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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [chint-see]
    • /ˈtʃɪnt si/
    • /ˈtʃɪnt.si/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chint-see]
    • /ˈtʃɪnt si/

Definitions of chintzy word

  • adjective chintzy Something that is chintzy is decorated or covered with chintz. 3
  • adjective chintzy If you describe something as chintzy, you mean that it is showy and looks cheap. 3
  • adjective chintzy You can describe someone as chintzy if they are mean and seem to spend very little money compared with other people. 3
  • adjective chintzy of, resembling, or covered with chintz 3
  • adjective chintzy typical of the decor associated with the use of chintz soft furnishings, as in a country cottage 3
  • adjective chintzy like chintz 3

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Origin of chintzy

First appearance:

before 1850
One of the 32% newest English words
1850-55; chintz + -y1; cf. chinchy, which has reinforced figurative senses

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Parts of speech for Chintzy


chintzy popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 61% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for chintzy

adj chintzy

  • cheap — Goods or services that are cheap cost less money than usual or than you expected.
  • frowzy — dirty and untidy; slovenly.
  • shabby — impaired by wear, use, etc.; worn: shabby clothes.
  • sleazy — contemptibly low, mean, or disreputable: sleazy politics.
  • tacky — not tasteful or fashionable; dowdy.

adjective chintzy

  • tightfisted — parsimonious; stingy; tight.
  • miserly — of, like, or befitting a miser; penurious; stingy; niggardly.
  • stingy — having a sting.
  • penny-pinching — a miserly, niggardly, or stingy person.
  • parsimonious — characterized by or showing parsimony; frugal or stingy.

Antonyms for chintzy

adjective chintzy

  • generous — liberal in giving or sharing; unselfish: a generous patron of the arts; a generous gift.
  • superior — higher in station, rank, degree, importance, etc.: a superior officer.

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  • what does chintzy mean?

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