[chint-see] /ˈtʃɪnt si/

adjective, chintzier, chintziest.
of, like, or decorated with chintz.
cheap, inferior, or gaudy.
stingy; miserly:
a chintzy way to entertain guests.
adjective chintzier, chintziest
of, resembling, or covered with chintz
(Brit, informal) typical of the decor associated with the use of chintz soft furnishings, as in a country cottage

1851, from chintz + -y (2).


Parsimonious; stingy; cheap, chinchy • The spelling imitates that of chintzy 2; a dialect spelling chinsy is attested from 1940: Ask them to validate both tickets, she’d think I was chintzy

[1950s+; probably fr chinchy]


[1850s+; fr Hindi fr chintz, a printed cotton fabric regarded as cheap, gaudy, and unstylish]


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