Date: Sat, 27 Jan 1996 20:43:10 EST
From: Boyd Davis FEN00BHD[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UNCCVM.UNCC.EDU
Subject: Re: chintsy
I heard 'chinchy' fairly frequently growing up in and around Louisville,
from older people, usually with rural ties. I always heard it applied to
people, not things, as in 'Don't be chinchy' when the recipient wanted
a larger piece of cake, more room on the sofa, etc. While I heard it
applied as a comment laden with opprobrium about women, I have never
heard it applied to a man's behavior.
Chintzy meant 'sleazy, poor quality' and applied to fabrics, clothing,
upholstery, rooms, and on occasion, parties that, having some formality
about their occasion, weren't lavish or welcoming or something enough to
suit the speaker's notion of propriety.