miserly

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miser +‎ -ly, attested from the 1540s.

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miserly (comparative more miserly, superlative most miserly)

  1. Like a miser; very covetous; cautious with money
    Synonyms: stingy; see also Thesaurus:stingy, Thesaurus:greedy
    • 2005, J. M. Coetzee, “Three”, in Slow Man, New York: Viking, →ISBN, page 20:
      What could be more selfish, more miserly—this in specific is what gnaws at him—than dying childless, terminating the line, subtracting oneself from the great work of generation? Worse than miserly, in fact: unnatural.

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