niggardly


niggardly

adjective

  1. reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly.
  2. meanly or ungenerously small or scanty: a niggardly tip to a waiter.

adverb

  1. in the manner of a niggard.

adjective

  1. stingy or ungenerous
  2. meagrea niggardly salary

adverb

  1. stingily; grudgingly
adj.

1560s, from niggard + -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 British authorities as “niggardly.” Nobody said anything, but I privately resolved — having felt the word hanging in the air a bit — to say “parsimonious” from then on. [Christopher Hitchens, “The Pernicious Effects of Banning Words,” Slate.com, Dec. 4, 2006]

As an adverb from 1520s. Related: Niggardliness.

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