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English definition of “mingy”


adjective     /ˈmɪn.dʒi/ informal
not generous and unwilling to give money : I only gave five dollars towards his present - do you think that was a bit mingy?Mean with money describes an amount that is smaller than you would like: I hate that restaurant - they give you really mingy portions .Small in number and quantityScarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things
(Definition of mingy adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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