niggardly

  • 1 Niggardly — Nig gard*ly (n[i^]g g[ e]rd*l[y^]), a. Meanly covetous or avaricious in dealing with others; stingy; niggard. [1913 Webster] Where the owner of the house will be bountiful, it is not for the steward to be niggardly. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] Syn:… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 niggardly — (adj.) 1560s, from NIGGARD (Cf. niggard) + LY (Cf. 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… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 niggardly — [nig′ərd′lē] adj. 1. like or characteristic of a niggard; stingy; miserly 2. small, few, or scanty, as if given by a niggard [a niggardly sum] adv. in the manner of a niggard; stingily SYN. STINGY1 niggardliness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Niggardly — Nig gard*ly, adv. In a niggard manner. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 niggardly — index economical, illiberal, nonsubstantial (not sufficient), paltry, parsimonious, penurious, slight …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 niggardly — parsimonious, penurious, miserly, *stingy, close, closefisted, tight, tightfisted, cheeseparing, penny pinching Analogous words: *covetous, avaricious, grasping, greedy: *sparing, economical, frugal, thrifty: *mean, ignoble Antonyms: bountiful… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 niggardly — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ ungenerous or meagre …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 niggardly — nig|gard|ly [ˈnıgədli US ər ] adj old fashioned [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: niggard ungenerous person (14 21 centuries), probably from a Scandinavian language] 1.) a niggardly gift, amount, salary etc is much too small and is given unwillingly ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 niggardly — [[t]nɪ̱gə(r)dli[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as niggardly, you are criticizing them because they do not give or provide much of something. Officials say the EU, which is supposed to provide most of the food needs, is… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 niggardly — adjective 1 unwilling to spend money or be generous; stingy: The landlord was niggardly about repairs. 2 a niggardly gift, amount, salary etc is not worth very much and is given unwillingly: niggardly wages niggard noun (C) niggardliness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 niggardly — UK [ˈnɪɡə(r)dlɪ] / US [ˈnɪɡərdlɪ] adjective Word forms niggardly : adjective niggardly comparative niggardlier superlative niggardliest formal 1) not generous, or not willing to spend money 2) a niggardly amount of money is very small and not… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 niggardly — 1. adjective /ˈnɪɡədli,ˈnɪɡɚdli/ Withholding for the sake of meanness; stingy, miserly. This manifests itself in an implacable tendency to provide an opulent supply of some things and a niggardly yield of others. Syn: miserly, stingy …

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  • 13 niggardly — adj. (lit.) niggardly in * * * [ nɪgədlɪ] (lit.) niggardly in …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 niggardly — adjective 1) a niggardly person Syn: cheap, mean, miserly, parsimonious, close fisted, penny pinching, cheeseparing, grasping, ungenerous, illiberal; informal stingy, tight, tightfisted Ant: generous 2 …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 niggardly — adjective Date: 1571 1. grudgingly mean about spending or granting ; begrudging 2. provided in meanly limited supply Synonyms: see stingy • niggardliness noun • niggardly adverb …

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  • 16 niggardly — niggardliness, n. /nig euhrd lee/, adj. 1. reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly. 2. meanly or ungenerously small or scanty: a niggardly tip to a waiter. adv. 3. in the manner of a niggard. [1520 30; NIGGARD + LY] Syn. 1. penurious, miserly …

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  • 17 niggardly — nig|gard|ly [ nıgərdli ] adjective FORMAL 1. ) not generous or not willing to spend money: MEAN, MISERLY 2. ) a niggardly amount of money is very small and not enough for a particular purpose …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 niggardly — nig•gard•ly [[t]ˈnɪg ərd li[/t]] adj. sometimes off. 1) off reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly 2) meanly or ungenerously small or scanty: a niggardly tip to a waiter[/ex] • Etymology: 1520–30 nig′gard•li•ness, n. usage: See niggard …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 niggardly — /ˈnɪgədli/ (say niguhdlee) adjective 1. parsimonious; stingy. 2. meanly small or scanty: a niggardly allowance. –adverb 3. in the manner of a niggard. –niggardliness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 niggardly — Synonyms and related words: Lenten, Spartan, abstemious, ascetic, austere, bountiful, cheeseparing, chinchy, chintzy, close, closefisted, closefistedly, dwarfed, dwarfish, exiguous, frugal, grudging, illiberal, illiberally, impoverished,… …

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