A stingey person. Somebody who buys cheap in favour of higher quality or better stuff. Even though they might be able to afford the better. Perhaps ungenerously trying not to spend much on their friends. Not particularly offensive, and often intended to ridicule in a light hearted manner. North American origin (skate apparently meaning fellow).
You only got me a half pint - you cheapskate! (light ridicule)
Nice charity outfit you're wearing cheapskate! (mildly offensive)
Prices shown in USD.
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