adjective nig·gard·ly \-lē\

: hating to spend money

: very small in amount

Full Definition of NIGGARDLY

:  grudgingly mean about spending or granting :  begrudging
:  provided in meanly limited supply
nig·gard·li·ness noun
niggardly adverb

First Known Use of NIGGARDLY


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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