reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly.
meanly or ungenerously small or scanty: a niggardly tip to a waiter.
in the manner of a niggard.
Origin of niggardly
Synonyms for niggardly
Antonyms for niggardly
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Related Words for niggardlypoor, unequal, lacking, deficient, weak, meager, sketchy, scarce, faulty, incompetent, incomplete, skimpy, unsatisfactory, shoddy, substandard, feeble, modest, insufficient, miserable, mediocre
stingy or ungenerous
meagrea niggardly salary
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It was while giving a speech in Washington, to a very international audience, about the British theft of the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon. I described the attitude of the current British authorities as "niggardly." Nobody said anything, but I privately resolved -- having felt the word hanging in the air a bit -- to say "parsimonious" from then on. [Christopher Hitchens, "The Pernicious Effects of Banning Words," Slate.com, Dec. 4, 2006]
As an adverb from 1520s. Related: Niggardliness.
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