of, like, or befitting a miser; penurious; stingy; niggardly.

Origin of miserly

First recorded in 1585–95; miser + -ly
Related formsmi·ser·li·ness, nounun·mi·ser·ly, adjective

Synonyms for miserly

Synonym study

See stingy1.

Antonyms for miserly

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Examples from the Web for miserliness

Historical Examples of miserliness

  • This customary jest about the servant's miserliness made him laugh.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • We must show him that we despise his miserliness and meanness.

    Practical Ethics

    William DeWitt Hyde

  • Does economic theory throw any light on the ethics of miserliness?

  • The doctor's miserliness was not mere talk; it was real, and it had an object.


    Honore de Balzac

  • This miserliness had grown upon him since he had lost both wife and son.

    A Crooked Path

    Mrs. Alexander

British Dictionary definitions for miserliness



of or resembling a miser; avaricious
Derived Formsmiserliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for miserliness



1590s, from miser + -ly (1). Related: Miserliness.

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