Date: Sat, 27 Jan 1996 20:43:10 EST From: Boyd Davis 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.