niggardly

adjective nig·gard·ly \ ˈni-gərd-lē \

Definition of niggardly

1 :grudgingly mean about spending or granting :begrudging
  • … management was being niggardly with raises.
  • —Dana Canedy
2 :provided in meanly limited supply
  • niggardly funding of planetary science.
  • —Richard Wolkomir

niggardliness

noun

niggardly

adverb

Examples of niggardly in a Sentence

  1. she's a niggardly woman, so don't expect a handout from her

  2. niggardly portions of meat for dinner

First Known Use of niggardly

1563

Synonym Discussion of niggardly

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

NIGGARDLY Defined for English Language Learners

niggardly

adjective

Definition of niggardly for English Language Learners

  • : hating to spend money

  • : very small in amount



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