MEANING: noun: 1. The act of saving by using extremely frugal measures.
2. Something of little value.
adjective: 1. Meanly economical.
2. Insignificant; spare; thin.

ETYMOLOGY: From the idea of cutting off thin slices of cheese equated with stinginess. From cheese, from Old English cese (cheese) + pare, from Old French parer (to prepare, trim), from Latin parare (to prepare). Earliest documented use: 1573.

CHEESE-PAiRING - the art of deciding which vin to serve with which fromage

CHESS EPA RING - a cabal of ecologically-minded players of the Royal Game

CHEESE EARING - mouse-attracting jewelry for the ear