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niggardly

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adjective nig·gard·ly \-lē\

Simple Definition of niggardly

  • : hating to spend money

  • : very small in amount

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of niggardly

  1. 1 :  grudgingly mean about spending or granting :  begrudging

  2. 2 :  provided in meanly limited supply

niggardliness

noun

niggardly

adverb

Examples of niggardly in a sentence

  1. <she's a niggardly woman, so don't expect a handout from her>

  2. <niggardly portions of meat for dinner>



1571

First Known Use of niggardly

1571

Synonym Discussion of niggardly

stingy, close, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, miserly mean being unwilling or showing unwillingness to share with others. stingy implies a marked lack of generosity <a stingy child, not given to sharing>. close suggests keeping a tight grip on one's money and possessions <folks who are very close when charity calls>. niggardly implies giving or spending the very smallest amount possible <the niggardly amount budgeted for the town library>. parsimonious suggests a frugality so extreme as to lead to stinginess <a parsimonious lifestyle notably lacking in luxuries>. penurious implies niggardliness that gives an appearance of actual poverty <the penurious eccentric bequeathed a fortune>. miserly suggests a sordid avariciousness and a morbid pleasure in hoarding <a miserly couple devoid of social conscience>.


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