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nig·gard

 (nĭg′ərd)
n.
A stingy, grasping person; a miser.
adj.
Stingy; miserly.

[Middle English nigard, perhaps from nig, stingy person, of Scandinavian origin.]

niggard

(ˈnɪɡəd)
n
a stingy person
adj
archaic miserly
[C14: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish dialect nygg and Old English hnēaw stingy]

nig•gard

(ˈnɪg ərd) Sometimes Offensive.
n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.niggard - a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spendniggard - 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)

niggard

noun
A stingy person:
Informal: penny pincher.
adjective
Translations

niggard

n (= miser)Geizhals m (pej)
References in classic literature ?
I was just human, and I was taking the path in the world that men took--men whom I admired, if you please; full-blooded men, lusty, breedy, chesty men, free spirits and anything but niggards in the way they foamed life away.
The authorities of the London and Suburban Bank were no niggards. They recognized that a man is not a machine.
To this change (which in some particulars is melancholy to one who knew the country in its infancy), it may be added that the Otsego is beginning to be a niggard of its treasures.