1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is chintzy is decorated or covered with chintz. [BRIT]

...huge great sofas and chintzy armchairs.

2) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe something as chintzy, you mean that it is showy and looks cheap. [mainly AM]

...a chintzy table lamp.

3) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) You can describe someone as chintzy if they are mean and seem to spend very little money compared with other people. [AM, INFORMAL]

Pan Am spent the most on its average meals and USAir spent the least, but USAir says it wasn't really chintzy.

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