noun nig·gard \ˈni-gərd\

Definition of NIGGARD

:  a meanly covetous and stingy person :  miser
niggard adjective

Examples of NIGGARD

  1. <such a niggard that he refused to hand out candy at Halloween, saying it would cost too much money>

Origin of NIGGARD

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hnøggr niggardly; akin to Old English hnēaw niggardly
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of NIGGARD

intransitive verb
:  to act niggardly
transitive verb
obsolete :  to treat in a niggardly manner

First Known Use of NIGGARD

circa 1600


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