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niggardly

[nig-erd-lee] /ˈnɪg ərd li/
adjective
1.
reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly.
2.
meanly or ungenerously small or scanty:
a niggardly tip to a waiter.
adverb
3.
in the manner of a niggard.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; niggard + -ly
Related forms
niggardliness, noun
Synonyms
1. penurious, miserly, mean, tight, avaricious, mercenary, illiberal, close. 2. poor.
Antonyms
1. generous.
Usage note
See niggard.
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British Dictionary definitions for niggardly

niggardly

/ˈnɪɡədlɪ/
adjective
1.
stingy or ungenerous
2.
meagre a niggardly salary
adverb
3.
stingily; grudgingly
Derived Forms
niggardliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for niggardly
adj.

1560s, from niggard + -ly (1).

It was while giving a speech in Washington, to a very international audience, about the British theft of the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon. I described the attitude of the current British authorities as "niggardly." Nobody said anything, but I privately resolved -- having felt the word hanging in the air a bit -- to say "parsimonious" from then on. [Christopher Hitchens, "The Pernicious Effects of Banning Words," Slate.com, Dec. 4, 2006]
As an adverb from 1520s. Related: Niggardliness.

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