niggardly

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From niggard + -ly.

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niggardly (comparative more niggardly, superlative most niggardly)

  1. (now rare) Withholding for the sake of meanness; stingy, miserly.
    • Bishop Hall
      Where the owner of the house will be bountiful, it is not for the steward to be niggardly.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 47
      They were not niggardly, these tramps, and he who had money did not hesitate to share it among the rest.
    • 1958, John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society (1998 edition), ISBN 9780395925003, p. 186:
      This manifests itself in an implacable tendency to provide an opulent supply of some things and a niggardly yield of others.

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niggardly (comparative more niggardly, superlative most niggardly)

  1. (now rare) In a parsimonious way; sparingly, stingily.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York 2001, p. 105:
      because many families are compelled to live niggardly, exhaust and undone by great dowers, none shall be given at all, or very little [...].

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  • This term may cause offence as it is easily misinterpreted to be an adverbial form of the racial epithet nigger.[1] The two words are etymologically unrelated.

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