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miserly

[mahy-zer-lee] /ˈmaɪ zər li/
adjective
1.
of, like, or befitting a miser; penurious; stingy; niggardly.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; miser + -ly
Related forms
miserliness, noun
unmiserly, adjective
Synonyms
cheap, parsimonious. See stingy1 .
Antonyms
generous.
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Examples from the web for miserliness
  • It was able to get away with this miserliness because its heady rate of growth made its shares a must-hold for many investors.
  • It is, however, too simple to blame the woes of the old-age business solely on the vagaries or miserliness of government policies.
  • But for all this tough-sounding economic zeal, the government cannot reasonably be accused of miserliness towards the arts.
British Dictionary definitions for miserliness

miserly

/ˈmaɪzəlɪ/
adjective
1.
of or resembling a miser; avaricious
Derived Forms
miserliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for miserliness

miserly

adj.

1590s, from miser + -ly (1). Related: Miserliness.

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