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From niggard + -ise.
- (obsolete) Niggardliness. [16th-19th c.]
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.8:
- “For he, whose daies in wilfull woe are worne, / The grace of his Creator doth despise, / That will not use his gifts for thanklesse nigardise.”