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This page is about the slang term tight-arse

Australian English offensive!


a person who doesn't like spending money, especially on other people

For example

  • It's not that I'm a tight-arse. I just don't have much money.

  • Bob won't buy you a drink. He's a real tight-arse, that guy.


This is typically used in Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

Jim's a real tight-arse, so there's no way he'll

a. pay for the food

b. help us move house

c. come to the party
a) pay for the food b) help us move house c) come to the party

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Contributor: Matt Errey