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Definition of "niggardly" []

  • Grudging and petty in giving or spending. (adjective)
  • Meanly small; scanty or meager: left the waiter a niggardly tip. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "niggardly" in a sentence
  • "There's a broad difference between using the term niggardly - which has a totally different meaning and etymology to that of the N word - and saying that a black man is "uppity.""
  • "A city councilman lost his job because he used the word niggardly in a report."
  • "A climate where the word niggardly is dangerous to your employment prospects."