Definition of niggard in English:



  • A mean or ungenerous person; a miser.

    • ‘Be niggards of advice on no pretence, For the worst avarice is that of Sense.’
    • ‘And make no mistake about it, the prodigality of this $6 million spectacle makes all of them look like niggards.’
    • ‘Let a man throw aside that narrowness of soul, that selfishness of principle, which the niggards of all professions are so unwilling to part with; and he will be at once delivered of his fears on that head.’
    • ‘So a relatively high price assures that the place will not be overrun by beer drinking mobs and niggards like other places.’
    • ‘They rob the purse of the niggards, punish the wife-beating husband and give headache to the lazy worker.’
    • ‘Better that, after all, than the niggards who manage not to pay any tax at all from their vast earnings should be blamed.’
    • ‘Jung chose harsh words to describe people caught in this negative process: hypochondriacs, niggards, doctrinaires, applauders of the past, and eternal adolescents, to name a few.’
    • ‘Ostentation, mediocrity, social conventions, members of the church, doctors, niggards and men of letters, among others, were objects of his strict observation and his corrosive critics.’
    • ‘I will admit that I am a niggard when it comes to the web: that's why I'm hoping that buy the time you read this webpage, it will be on a server that gives me webspace for FREE.’
    • ‘Those great men, those favoured mortals, those sublime spirits, who share that ray of divinity which we call genius, are entrusted by Providence with the delegated power of imparting to their fellow-creatures that instruction which heaven meant for universal benefit; they must not be niggards to the world, or hoard up for themselves the common stock.’
    • ‘Tis open before your eyes… and he who owns it is not a niggard in its use.’
    • ‘But Britons, as a people, are equally brave and generous; prodigal of their blood and treasure where there are just calls for its expense; and by no means niggards of those rights, liberties and privileges, that make the subjects of Britain the envy and admiration of the universe.’
    penny-pincher, pinchpenny, cheese-parer, scrooge
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  • Ungenerous; niggardly.


Late Middle English: alteration of earlier nigon, probably of Scandinavian origin.