Antonyms for niggard

Grammar : Adj, noun
Spell : nig-erd
Phonetic Transcription : ˈnɪg ərd

Definition of niggard

Origin :
  • "mean person, miser," late 14c., nygart, of uncertain origin. The suffix suggests French origin (cf. -ard), but the root word is possibly from earlier nig "stingy" (c.1300), perhaps from a Scandinavian source related to Old Norse hnøggr "stingy," from Proto-Germanic *khnauwjaz (cf. Swedish njugg "close, careful," German genau "precise, exact"), and to Old English hneaw "stingy, niggardly," which did not survive in Middle English.
  • As in mean : adj ungenerous
  • As in hard-fisted : adj stingy
  • As in pinching : adj stingy
  • As in Scrooge : noun skinflint
  • As in churl : noun rude and ill-bred, a boor; person overly concerned with saving money
Example sentences :
  • Niggard, nig′ard, n. a person who is unwilling to spend or give away: a miser.
  • Extract from : « Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R) » by Various
  • Autant dpend chiche que large, et la fin plus davantage—Niggard spends as much as generous, and in the end a good deal more.
  • Extract from : « Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources » by James Wood

Synonyms for niggard

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