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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 miserly
  • 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.
  • IF you are staying at a minimum-service economy motel, miserly phone service should not be a surprise.
  • His spendthrift ways with our money were replaced with miserly ways with his own.
  • And the more miserly the model, the bigger the reduction in fuel efficiency being recorded.
  • The other half of the time, you have insulted them by being miserly.
  • The future me is both wiser and more miserly than the current me, leading to many disputes between us.
  • By morning, this wretched, miserly recluse has been transformed into the season's icon of exuberant celebration.
British Dictionary definitions for miserly


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

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

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