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adjective nig·gard·ly \-lē\

: hating to spend money

: very small in amount

Full Definition of NIGGARDLY

:  grudgingly mean about spending or granting :  begrudging
:  provided in meanly limited supply
nig·gard·li·ness noun
niggardly adverb

Examples of NIGGARDLY

  1. <she's a niggardly woman, so don't expect a handout from her>
  2. <niggardly portions of meat for dinner>

First Known Use of NIGGARDLY


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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