- (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, p. 186:
- This manifests itself in an implacable tendency to provide an opulent supply of some things and a niggardly yield of others.
- Bishop Hall
- (now rare) In a parsimonious way; sparingly, stingily.
1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):, 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 […].
in a parsimonious way — see stingily
- This term may cause offence as it is easily misinterpreted to be an adverbial form of the racial slur nigger. The two words are etymologically unrelated.