- reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly.
- meanly or ungenerously small or scanty: a niggardly tip to a waiter.
- in the manner of a niggard.
- stingy or ungenerous
- meagrea niggardly salary
- stingily; grudgingly
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.