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What is the meaning of ‘tightwad’?

(T. Umesh, Hyderabad)

The word is mainly used in informal contexts to mean ‘miser’. The ‘wad’ refers to a bundle of banknotes. A miser is someone who will hold on to his money very tightly.

*You are planning on asking that tightwad for a loan? You must be crazy.

*Gayathri isn’t going to spend so much money on a pair of shoes. She’s a real tightwad.

S. UPENDRAN

upendrankye@gmail.com

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