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[mahy-zer-lee] /ˈmaɪ zər li/
of, like, or befitting a miser; penurious; stingy; niggardly.
Origin of miserly
1585-95; miser + -ly
Related forms
miserliness, noun
unmiserly, adjective
cheap, parsimonious. See stingy1 .
generous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for miserliness
Historical Examples
  • Not so old in years, perhaps; but old in wickedness, and aged beyond his years by his own miserliness.

  • We must show him that we despise his miserliness and meanness.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • The doctor's miserliness was not mere talk; it was real, and it had an object.

    Ursula Honore de Balzac
  • This customary jest about the servant's miserliness made him laugh.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • "miserliness is rather a quality than otherwise, you know," she continued, holding the cat in her folded arms.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Does economic theory throw any light on the ethics of miserliness?

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • This miserliness had grown upon him since he had lost both wife and son.

    A Crooked Path Mrs. Alexander
  • Their tartness and strictness and miserliness had made the life of the girls in the school uncomfortable for some time.

  • Aunt Pussys superstition struggled with her miserliness throughout her frugal breakfast.

    The Romance of His Life Mary Cholmondeley
  • So it was not miserliness; it was just a peculiarity, a curious attention to a trifling detail.

British Dictionary definitions for miserliness


of or resembling a miser; avaricious
Derived Forms
miserliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for miserliness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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