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A stingy, grasping person; a miser.
[Middle English nigard, perhaps from nig, stingy person, of Scandinavian origin.]
a stingy person
[C14: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish dialect nygg and Old English hnēaw stingy]
nig•gard(ˈnɪg ərd) Sometimes Offensive.
1. an extremely stingy person.adj.
2. niggardly; stingy.
[1325–75; Middle English nyggard=nig niggard (< Scandinavian; compare dial. Swedish nygg; akin to Old English hnēaw stingy) + -ard -ard]
usage: The words niggard and niggardly are sometimes perceived as insulting because they sound like the highly offensive word nigger. However, niggard dates back to Middle English. The first element nygg-, nig- was borrowed from a Scandinavian source, and -ard is a pejorative suffix. The English word niggardly is a modern English formation from niggard. Therefore the two words are not etymologically related to nigger. See also nigger.
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|Noun||1.||niggard - a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend|
hoarder - a person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use
pinchgut - a niggardly person who starves himself (and others)
n (= miser) → Geizhals m (pej)