Definition of niggardly in English:


Syllabification: nig·gard·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈnigərdlē



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  • In a stingy or meager manner.
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    • So, while I saw the guests sipping niggardly the punch in their short glasses, I helped myself to a decanter.



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  • Men with implausible whiskers and killer breath traded ribaldry and cursed the niggardliness of non-buyers, while women doled out penny dainties to raggedy kids and cackled about their menfolk's amorous shortcomings.
  • There is a kind of niggardliness that mistakes itself for measure, for judgment.
  • Its function is to purify the heart from the lowly bestial attributes of lust, calamities of the tongue, anger, malice, jealousy, love of the world, love of fame, niggardliness, greed, ostentation, vanity, deception, etc.


See niggard (usage).

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