niggard

niggard

[nig-erd]
noun
1.
an excessively parsimonious, miserly, or stingy person.
adjective
2.
niggardly; miserly; stingy.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English nyggard, equivalent to nig niggard (< Scandinavian; compare dialectal Swedish nygg; akin to Old English hnēaw stingy) + -ard

unniggard, adjective
unniggardly, adverb
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niggard (ˈnɪɡəd)
 
n
1.  a stingy person
 
adj
2.  archaic miserly
 
[C14: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish dialect nygg and Old English hnēaw stingy]

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niggard
mid-14c., nygart, of uncertain origin. The suffix suggests French origin (cf. -ard), but the root word is probably related to O.N. hnøggr "stingy," from P.Gmc. *khnauwjaz (cf. Swed. njugg "close, careful," Ger. genau "precise, exact"), and to O.E. hneaw "stingy, niggardly,"
which did not survive in M.E.
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