American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a miser; avaricious or penurious.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like a miser; penurious; sordid; niggardly; parsimonious: as, a miserly person, or a person of miserly habits. Synonyms Parsimonious, Niggardly, etc. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Like a miser; very covetous; avaricious; stingy; sordid; niggardly.
- adj. (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
“Proclaimed one particularly prosperous-looking woman who floated past our table on the way to raise some boat dealer's bottom line, "It's about time we spent on ourselves again ... being miserly is no fun at all!”
“No one uses the word “niggardly” in politics any more, no matter what degree of stinginess or miserly is intended.”
“It also clearly illuminates where the line is, and why calling a miserly person a "Jew" is an insult (because the insinuation of miserliness is derogatory) whereas saying Asians like rice is not (because there's no derogatory insinuation).”
“Restaurateurs know that many people won't order the cheapest wine on the list for fear of appearing miserly, which is why the second-cheapest wine on the list is often the worst deal.”
“He was miserly, which is a different thing altogether.”
“The miserly is the miserable man, who hoards money from a love of it.”
“He was thrifty bourgeois too; so often called miserly as well as malicious that it is pleasant to remember certain illustrations of his nobler side.”
“Though Liverpool have not been what you can describe as miserly in terms of making big signings - the club record fee was broken three times and five purchases in excess of £17m were made - there has always been a sense that the books have needed balancing.”
“Then there was the case of an aide to the mayor of Washington, D.C., who was required to resign in 1989 after he offended a black colleague by saying he would have "to be niggardly" in dispensing monies from a particular fund, although niggardly comes from a Scandinavian word meaning "miserly" and has nothing to do with the other one.”
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