niggardly

[ nig-erd-lee ]
/ ˈnɪg ərd li /

adjective

reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly.
meanly or ungenerously small or scanty: a niggardly tip to a waiter.

adverb

in the manner of a niggard.

Origin of niggardly

First recorded in 1520–30; niggard + -ly

Related forms

nig·gard·li·ness, noun

Usage note

See niggard.
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British Dictionary definitions for niggardly

niggardly

/ (ˈnɪɡədlɪ) /

adjective

stingy or ungenerous
meagrea niggardly salary

adverb

stingily; grudgingly

Derived Forms

niggardliness, noun
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