, 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.