Meaning of NIGGARD in English


I. ˈnigə(r)d noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English nigart, nigard, niggard, probably from earlier nig niggard (of Scandinavian origin) + -art, -ard; akin to Old Norse hnøggr niggardly, stingy, hnøggva, hnyggja to humble, bring down; akin to Old English hnēaw niggardly, stingy, Old High German hniuwan to crush, Greek knyein to scratch, knoos, knous grating noise of an axle, sound of footsteps, knuos itch, Latvian knūt, knūst to itch and to Latin ciner-, cinis ashes — more at incinerate

: a person meanly close and covetous : miser

II. adjective

Etymology: Middle English nigart, adjective & noun

1. : niggardly , stingy

niggard storekeepers who refused to pay … his modest monthly honorarium — Ben Riker

cold, unappreciative, very niggard in even modified praise — Arnold Bennett

2. : resulting from or displaying niggardliness : scanty

the shop-windows' show is niggard and shabby — W.C.Brownell

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb

obsolete : to act niggardly

transitive verb

obsolete : to treat in a niggardly manner

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