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
Usage of Niggard and Niggardly
The words niggard and niggardly are etymologically unrelated to the highly offensive and inflammatory racial slur euphemistically referred to as the N-word, despite the words' visual and auditory resemblance to it. Because of that resemblance, however, both niggard and niggardly are often taken to be offensive.
Examples of niggardly in a Sentence
niggardly portions of meat for dinner
Recent Examples on the WebMany Chileans are angry about the country’s unequal distribution of wealth and power, about niggardly pensions (for which people are supposed to save themselves) and about long waiting times for doctors’ visits and poor schools.
The Economist, 25 Dec. 2019 To tap one of the country’s two largest and most niggardly mines is hard enough.
The Economist, 3 Feb. 2018
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