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

Examples of miserly in a Sentence

He was given a miserly raise. my brother, who is notoriously miserly, surprised us when he offered to pick up the tab

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For instance, if somebody has the wrong ride-share app downloaded when people are splitting a trip, will that be misinterpreted as being miserly? Kevin Mcallister, WSJ, "The Confusing World of Venmo Etiquette," 10 Feb. 2019 The tax credit for these startup expenses is currently capped at a miserly $500 per year for the first three years. Robert C. Pozen, WSJ, "Make It Easier for Companies to Offer 401(k)s," 19 Nov. 2018 The risk for automakers is that gas prices will spike and consumers will want more fuel-miserly cars again. Eric D. Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Cars aren't dead yet despite Ford killing Fusion, Taurus," 26 Apr. 2018 Subsequently, under the reign of Rafael Benitez, Newcastle have missed out on a host of players, including Sandro Ramirez and Nicolai Jorgensen, and have been fortunate not to pay the price for such miserly spending. SI.com, "Journalist Claims Newcastle Could Break Transfer Record This Summer & Reveals Funds Revelation," 2 June 2018 Prediction Sunday's match will be a tight game, with both sides possessing world-class attacking talents and famously miserly defences. SI.com, "Man Utd vs Chelsea Preview: Classic Encounter, Recent Form, Team News & More," 24 Feb. 2018 Chichikov does business with a frightened widow; a miserly hoarder who picks through his own serfs’ garbage; a violent, egotistic gambling addict; a kissy young couple who read English Romantic poetry while their estate goes to ruin. Julian Lucas, New York Times, "The Russian Comic Writer Who’s an Antidote to Mad Times," 2 May 2018 Perhaps this decision is a miserly one, holding back possible scientific and medical progress by choosing to live in the dark. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cyber Saturday—Why I Refuse DNA Testing," 28 Apr. 2018 This was rather miserly of him, for Dyson knew full well the value of these letters, written to his parents from 1941 through the late 1970s. Kai Bird, New York Times, "Freeman Dyson’s Life, Through His Letters," 17 Apr. 2018

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

Kids Definition of miserly

: stingy a miserly neighbor a miserly contribution

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