of, like, or befitting a miser; penurious; stingy; niggardly.

1585–95; miser + -ly

miserliness, noun
unmiserly, adjective

cheap, parsimonious. See stingy1.

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miserly (ˈmaɪzəlɪ)
of or resembling a miser; avaricious

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Word Origin & History

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