miserly

[mahy-zer-lee]
adjective
of, like, or befitting a miser; penurious; stingy; niggardly.

Origin:
1585–95; miser + -ly

miserliness, noun
unmiserly, adjective


cheap, parsimonious. See stingy1.


generous.
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miserly (ˈmaɪzəlɪ)
 
adj
of or resembling a miser; avaricious
 
'miserliness
 
n

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miserly
1590s, from miser + -ly (1). Related: Miserliness.
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Example sentences
But by global standards, its charitable giving is miserly.
Even by the miserly standards of the current recovery, that was low.
Miserly throttle on petrol causes drag from the below atmospheric pressure in
  the inlet manifold.
The miserly constraints spurred her to be fiendishly resourceful.
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