- To be thrifty or miserly.
- to be very frugal or economical
Other Word Forms of Pinch
Origin of Pinch
From Middle English pinchen, from Anglo-Norman *pinchier (compare Old French pincer, pincier (“to pinch, find fault")), from Vulgar Latin *pincāre, a nasalised variant of Vulgar Latin *piccāre (“to pick, pierce"), from Frankish *pikkōn, from Proto-Germanic *pikōnÄ…, *pukanÄ… (“to pick, peck, prick, knock"), from Proto-Indo-European *beu-, *bu- (“to make a dull sound"). Cognate with Old English pȳcan, pician (“to pick, pluck"), Old Norse pikka (“to prick, peck"), Middle Dutch and Middle Low German picken (“to pick, peck, pierce"), German pochen (“to knock, pound, thump"). More at pick.
Middle English pinchen from Old North French pinchier variant of Old French pincier perhaps from Vulgar Latin pīnctiāre
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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