[ nig-erd ]
/ ˈnɪg ərd /
an excessively parsimonious, miserly, or stingy person.
niggardly; miserly; stingy.
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Origin of niggard
1325–75; Middle English nyggard, equivalent to nig niggard (< Scandinavian; compare dialectal Swedish nygg; akin to Old English hnēaw stingy) + -ard
usage note for niggard
The words niggard and niggardly are sometimes misinterpreted as racial slurs because they sound like the highly offensive word nigger. However, niggard dates back to Middle English. The first element nygg-, nig- was borrowed from a Scandinavian source, and -ard is a pejorative suffix. The English word niggardly is a modern English formation from niggard. Therefore these two words are not etymologically related to nigger.
OTHER WORDS FROM niggardun·nig·gard, adjectiveun·nig·gard·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for niggard
Autant dpend chiche que large, et la fin plus davantage—Niggard spends as much as generous, and in the end a good deal more.
Niggard, nig′ard, n. a person who is unwilling to spend or give away: a miser.
British Dictionary definitions for niggard
/ (ˈnɪɡəd) /
a stingy person
Word Origin for niggard
C14: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish dialect nygg and Old English hnēaw stingy
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