Definition of miserly in English:

miserly

Syllabification: mi·ser·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈmīzərlē
 
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adjective

  • 1Of, relating to, or characteristic of a miser: his miserly great-uncle proved to be worth nearly $1 million
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    • He gave a seamless performance of the miserly Dickens character.
    • When you feel that everyone at the office has noticed your miserly and cheap behavior, start to make them feel guilty about their own extravagances.
    • Old men, conscious that they are about to leave the good things of the world, are grasping and miserly.
    Synonyms
    mean, niggardly, close-fisted, parsimonious, penny-pinching, cheeseparing, Scroogelike
    informal tightfisted, stingy, tight, mingy, money-grubbing, cheap
    formal penurious
  • 1.1(Of a quantity) pitiably small or inadequate: last year’s miserly growth in sales
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    • Its revenues soared an average of 36% through the 1990s, but now it's heading into miserly single-digit growth.
    • However, to many it seemed to raise productivity growth by a miserly one percent per year.
    • The current amount of $12,000 is a miserly and paltry amount that I strongly believe should be much higher.

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