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 Mileage-miserly Japanese cars got a firm foothold in the American market. Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2022 Germany has blocked arms exports to Ukraine from a NATO ally and offered Kyiv a miserly 5,000 helmets. Adam O’neal, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2022 The deal Potter offered George Bailey, $20,000 a year for three years, was extraordinarily generous, unthinkable from miserly Ebenezer, an employer who begrudged his clerk a lump of coal. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 19 Dec. 2021 The heartwarming tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas morning redemption with the help of three time-traveling ghosts has remained a one of the most enduring and popular subjects for holiday entertainment for more than a century. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2021 Players Theatre is also taking a fresh crack at the redemptive ghost story of miserly moneylender Ebenezer Scrooge. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2021 Directing the classic tale about four ghosts visiting a miserly old man on Christmas Eve is something Audrain has wanted to do for a long time. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 17 Nov. 2021 Newell’s Ghost of Christmas Present, a more hectoring spirit, will take over to reveal the tragic consequence of a miserly life. Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 Broadway Rose offers a musical version of the timeless story of a miserly man forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts lead him through his Past, Present and Future. oregonlive, 24 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of miserly

1593, in the meaning defined above

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“Miserly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miserly. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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