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niggardly

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of niggardly

  1. 1 giving or sharing as little as possible she's a niggardly woman, so don't expect a handout from her Synonyms of niggardly cheap, chintzy, close, closefisted, mean, mingy, miserly, niggard, stingy, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penurious, pinching, pinchpenny, spare, sparing, stinting, tight, tightfisted, uncharitable, ungenerousWords Related to niggardly careful, chary, conserving, economical, economizing, frugal, saving, scrimping, skimping, thrifty; acquisitive, avaricious, avid, coveting, covetous, desirous, grasping, greedy, hoggish, itchy, mercenary, rapacious, selfish, shabby, small, sordid; begrudging, envious, grudging, resentful; inhospitableNear Antonyms of niggardly altruistic, selfless, unselfish; extravagant, free, handsome, lavish, overgenerous, profuse; beneficent, benevolent, hospitable, humanitarian, philanthropic (also philanthropical); compassionate, good-hearted, greathearted, kindly, magnanimous, openhearted; thriftless, unthrifty; dissipating, frittering, prodigal, profligate, spendthrift, splurging, squandering, wasteful, wastingAntonyms of niggardly bounteous, bountiful, charitable, freehanded, generous, liberal, munificent, openhanded, unsparing, unstinting

  2. 2 less plentiful than what is normal, necessary, or desirable niggardly portions of meat for dinner Synonyms of niggardly exiguous, hand-to-mouth, light, meager, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, skimp, skimpy, slender, slim, spare, sparing, sparse, stingyWords Related to niggardly deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, short, wanting; bare, bare-bones; least, littlest, lowest, mere, minimal, slightest; slight, small, thin; barren, infertile, sterile, unfruitful, unproductiveNear Antonyms of niggardly adequate, enough, satisfactory, sufficient, tolerable; fat, fecund, fertile, fruitful, prolific, rich; lavish, luxuriant; blooming, bursting, flourishing, proliferative, swarming, teeming, thriving; excess, extra, surplusAntonyms of niggardly abundant, ample, bountiful, copious, generous, liberal, plenteous, plentiful

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

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