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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: niggard 'ungenerous person' (14-21 centuries), probably from a Scandinavian language

niggardly

adjective
     
nig‧gard‧ly old-fashioned
1 a niggardly gift, amount, salary etc is much too small and is given unwillingly:
niggardly wages
a niggardly 2% increase
2 unwilling to spend money or be generous [= stingy]:
a niggardly person

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