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
Recent Examples on the Web Only in fiction did people encounter little rich girls imprisoned and made to live a miserly existence. Audrey Clare Farley, Town & Country, "Inside the Shocking 1930s Trial of Socialite Ann Cooper Hewitt," 20 Apr. 2021 Chelsea has been miserly since Thomas Tuchel took over, after all; Real Madrid held off Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night with a performance of obdurate discipline. New York Times, "The Moral Case for Buying Erling Haaland," 17 Apr. 2021 An Envise blade includes 16 Envise chips in a 4U server configuration that uses a miserly three kilowatts of power. John Koetsier, Forbes, "Photonic Supercomputer For AI: 10X Faster, 90% Less Energy, Plus Runway For 100X Speed Boost," 7 Apr. 2021 This remedies—for two years anyway—Britain’s miserly approach to tax relief for business investment. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Britain Pays for Covid—and Pays, and Pays," 3 Mar. 2021 In killing the old miserly pawnbroker for money, Raskolnikov seeks to purchase his freedom from an existence of degradation. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Times are bad, so keep your uplift. Give me ‘Crime and Punishment’ and ‘The Godfather’," 14 Jan. 2021 Historically, Arabs are depicted like the European etchings of miserly Jews in cartoons and unflattering photographs. Doris Bittar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Arab Americans face a particular brand of discrimination. This is what we go through.," 29 Dec. 2020 With the passage of Prop 22, the companies have now legislated into existence another miserly version of a portable safety net, along with a face-saving attempt at a minimum wage. Steven Hill, Fortune, "The broken business model of Uber and Lyft is taking a heavy toll on society," 19 Dec. 2020 Ebenezer Scrooge, the book’s miserly Victorian moneylender, is the first role that Murray every played onstage and that experience ignited his love for theater. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "For Cygnet’s new filmed ‘Carol,’ adapter and star goes back to the source," 7 Dec. 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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4 May 2021

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“Miserly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miserly. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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