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.

Nearby words

  1. nigeria,
  2. nigerian,
  3. nigerien,
  4. nigga,
  5. niggard,
  6. nigger,
  7. nigger heaven,
  8. nigger of the narcissus, the,
  9. niggerhead,
  10. niggle

Origin of niggardly

First recorded in 1520–30; niggard + -ly

Related formsnig·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 Formsniggardliness, noun

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Word Origin and History for niggardly

niggardly

adj.
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