mi·​ser·​ly | \ ˈmī-zər-lē How to pronounce miserly (audio) \

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.

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miserliness noun

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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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He was given a miserly raise. my brother, who is notoriously miserly, surprised us when he offered to pick up the tab
Recent Examples on the Web Whose miserly idea was it to force families apart for hours, five days a week, commuting separately in gridlocked traffic, all in the name of productivity? Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Melissa Gregg predicts employers will have to prove why workers should trust them," 30 June 2020 Though the cold shoulder is grounded in the image of black and brown moochers living in the imagination of white Americans, the suffering caused by its miserly understanding of society is not limited to communities of color. New York Times, "Why America Will Never Get Medicare for All," 14 Mar. 2020 Shifting manually reveals the available power is masked by the miserly gearbox. cleveland, "This cheap Jeep is sure to break your heart (review)," 2 May 2020 The villain of the story, Henry F. Potter, who is a cash-laden, though miserly rival banker, played brilliantly by Lionel Barrymore, offers to buy up the depositors’ shares in the Building and Loan — but at a steep 50 percent discount. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Logic of Pottersville," 24 Mar. 2020 Efficient on the power play, and again miserly on defense, the Bruins on Saturday afternoon pinned a 4-2 defeat on the visiting Coyotes, rolling to their sixth consecutive win and maintaining their hold on the No. 1 spot in the NHL standings. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins have enough to turn away Coyotes," 8 Feb. 2020 Several factors deter them: miserly annual leave, concerns about safety, the inferiority of foreign food and, most of all, a crippling fear of the embarrassment of not being understood. The Economist, "The endangered tourist Fewer and fewer Japanese want to see the world," 27 Feb. 2020 Ernst played the miserly hero of Charles Dickens' familiar Christmas tale in 2004-'06 for the Rep. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Boomerang Scrooge: Lee E. Ernst will return to be Milwaukee Rep's next big miser in 'A Christmas Carol'," 3 Mar. 2020 But even that tax benefit is miserly compared to other standard mileage deductions. oregonlive, "Why no tax deductions for volunteer time? David Lazarus consumer column," 25 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of miserly

1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of miserly was in 1593

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“Miserly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miserly. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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mi·​ser·​ly | \ ˈmī-zər-lē How to pronounce miserly (audio) \

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: stingy a miserly neighbor a miserly contribution

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