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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

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Contributor: Matt Errey