miserly

  • 1 Miserly — Mi ser*ly (m[imac] z[ e]r*l[y^]), a. [From {Miser}.] Like a miser; very covetous; avaricious; stingy; sordid; niggardly. [1913 Webster] Syn: Avaricious; niggardly; sordid; parsimonious; avaricious; penurious; covetous; stingy; mean. See… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 miserly — index illiberal, parsimonious, penurious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 miserly — (adj.) 1590s, from MISER (Cf. miser) + LY (Cf. ly) (1). Related: Miserliness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 miserly — penurious, parsimonious, niggardly, tight, tight fisted, *stingy, close, closefisted, cheeseparing, penny pinching Analogous words: avaricious, greedy, *covetous, grasping: *mean, sordid, abject, ignoble Contrasted words: bountiful, bounteous,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 miserly — [adj] greedy, stingy abject, avaricious, beggarly, cheapskate*, churlish, close, closefisted, covetous, grasping, ignoble, illiberal, mean, parsimonious, penny pinching*, penurious, skinflint*, sordid, tightfisted*, ungenerous; concepts… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 miserly — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having the characteristics of a miser. 2) (of a quantity) pitiably small. DERIVATIVES miserliness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 miserly — [mī′zər lē] adj. like or characteristic of a miser; greedy and stingy SYN. STINGY1 miserliness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 miserly — [[t]ma͟ɪzə(r)li[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as miserly, you disapprove of them because they seem to hate spending money, and to spend as little as possible. He is miserly with both his time and his money. Syn: mean 2) …

    English dictionary

  • 9 miserly — mi|ser|ly [ˈmaızəli US zər ] adj 1.) a miserly amount or quantity is one that is much too small = ↑measly, paltry ↑paltry ▪ We were offered a miserly 4% pay rise. 2.) a miserly person is not generous and does not like spending money = ↑mean… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 miserly — adjective 1 a miserly amount, salary etc is one that is much too small: a miserly 4% pay rise 2 a miserly person is one who hates spending money miserliness noun (U) misery / mIzri/ noun 1 (C, U) great suffering or discomfort, caused for example… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 miserly — miser mi‧ser [ˈmaɪzə ǁ ər] noun [countable] a person, organization, country etc that hates spending money: • This country is a miser when it comes to research and development spending in engineering. miserly adjective : • Teachers complain they… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 12 miserly — mi|ser|ly [ maızərli ] adjective unwilling to spend any money a. a miserly amount is very small and not enough: Their miserly offer is unlikely to be accepted. ╾ mi|ser|li|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 miserly — adjective 1) his miserly uncle Syn: mean, niggardly, close fisted, parsimonious, penny pinching, cheeseparing, Scroogelike; informal tightfisted, stingy, tight, mingy, money grubbing, cheap; formal penurious See note at ec …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 miserly — UK [ˈmaɪzə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈmaɪzərlɪ] adjective showing disapproval a) unwilling to spend any money b) a miserly amount is very small and not enough Their miserly offer is unlikely to be accepted. Derived word: miserliness noun uncountable …

    English dictionary

  • 15 miserly — adjective Date: 1593 of, relating to, or characteristic of a miser; especially marked by grasping meanness and penuriousness Synonyms: see stingy • miserliness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 miserly — miserliness, n. /muy zeuhr lee/, adj. of, like, or befitting a miser; penurious; stingy; niggardly. [1585 95; MISER + LY] Syn. cheap, parsimonious. See stingy. Ant. generous. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 17 miserly — adjective /ˈmaɪ.zə(ɹ).li/ Like a miser; very covetous; stingy; cautious with money …

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  • 18 miserly — Synonyms and related words: Lenten, Spartan, a hog for, abject, abstemious, acquisitive, all devouring, ascetic, austere, avaricious, avid, bottomless, cheap, cheeseparing, chinchy, chintzy, close, closefisted, coveting, covetous, devouring,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 miserly — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. stingy, covetous, parsimonious, close fisted; see stingy . See Synonym Study at stingy . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. hoarding, cheap, penny pinching, tight, money grubbing, misanthropic, stingy, parsimonious,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 miserly — mi·ser·ly || maɪzÉ™lɪ adj. cheap or stingy …

    English contemporary dictionary