miserly

[mahy-zer-lee]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. miserable,
  2. miserably,
  3. miserere,
  4. misericord,
  5. misericords,
  6. misery,
  7. misery index,
  8. misery loves company,
  9. misesteem,
  10. misestimate

Origin of miserly

First recorded in 1585–95; miser + -ly

Related formsmi·ser·li·ness, nounun·mi·ser·ly, adjective

Synonym study

See stingy1.

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British Dictionary definitions for miserly

miserly

adjective

of or resembling a miser; avaricious
Derived Formsmiserliness, noun

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Word Origin and History for miserly

miserly

adj.

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

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