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mingy (MIN-jee) adjective

Characterized by lack of generosity: mean and stingy.

[Blend of mean and stingy.]

"The Commonwealth honours bestowed by Buckingham Palace did not create good families. The abandonment of gongs in most countries reveals how mingy the British were."
Frank Devine; Royal Charade Serves a British Purpose; The Australian (Sydney, Australia); Mar 16, 2000.

"Cape Breton stands then as a sort of penal colony for the unenlightened, a place of windswept austerity where character, mingy though it may be, is destiny."
Same Old Trail Mix on Same Old Road; National Post (Don Mills, Ontario, Canada); May 10, 2001.

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