miserly

adjective mi·ser·ly \ ˈmī-zər-lē \

Definition of miserly

:of, relating to, or characteristic of a miser; especially :marked by grasping meanness and penuriousness
  • The team's miserly owner refused to buy new equipment.

miserliness

noun

Examples of miserly in a Sentence

  1. He was given a miserly raise.

  2. my brother, who is notoriously miserly, surprised us when he offered to pick up the tab

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First Known Use of miserly

1593

Synonym Discussion of miserly

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

MISERLY Defined for Kids

miserly

adjective mi·ser·ly \ ˈmī-zər-lē \

Definition of miserly for Students

:stingy
  • a miserly neighbor
  • a miserly contribution


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