- an excessively parsimonious, miserly, or stingy person.
- niggardly; miserly; stingy.
Origin of niggard
Related Wordsselfish, greedy, close, penny-pinching, mercenary, niggard, saving, sparing, near, grasping, narrow, mean, grudging, misanthropist, meanie, tightwad, misanthrope, cheapskate, miser, moneygrubber
Examples from the Web for niggard
Niggard, nig′ard, n. a person who is unwilling to spend or give away: a miser.
Autant dpend chiche que large, et la fin plus davantage—Niggard spends as much as generous, and in the end a good deal more.
- a stingy person
- archaic miserly
Word Origin and History for niggard
"mean person, miser," late 14c., nygart, of uncertain origin. The suffix suggests French origin (cf. -ard), but the root word is possibly from earlier nig "stingy" (c.1300), perhaps from a Scandinavian source related to Old Norse hnøggr "stingy," from Proto-Germanic *khnauwjaz (cf. Swedish njugg "close, careful," German genau "precise, exact"), and to Old English hneaw "stingy, niggardly," which did not survive in Middle English.