miserly

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EtymologyEdit

miser +‎ -ly, attested from the 1540s.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmaɪ.zə(ɹ).li/
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miserly (comparative more miserly, superlative most miserly)

  1. Like a miser, very cautious with money.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:stingy
    • 2005, J. M. Coetzee, “Three”, in Slow Man, New York: Viking, →ISBN, page 20:
      What could be more selfish, more miserly—this in specific is what gnaws at him—than dying childless, terminating the line, subtracting oneself from the great work of generation? Worse than miserly, in fact: unnatural.

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