Japanese Slang! How do you say ‘petty’ ‘stingy’ ‘cheap’ or ‘tight’ in Japanese? “Sekoi せこい”Definition:
This word means to be petty, cheap, or extremely tight-fisted. Also, recently it has taken on another meaning ずるい, which is to be sly or cunning.
Ａ：Watashi no motokare sugoku sekokattano.
Itsumo warikan nanoni watashi yori osake no ryou ga ooindayo.
Ｂ：Uwaa hontou ni sekoi ne.
A: My ex-boyfriend was so cheap! We’d go out to eat and always split the bill 50-50, but he would always eat and drink twice as much as me!
B: Yikes, he sounds stingy.