grudging vs niggardly what difference

what is difference between grudging and niggardly

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹʌ.dʒɪŋ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹʌ.dʒiŋ/

Adjective

grudging (comparative more grudging, superlative most grudging)

  1. Unwilling or with reluctance.
    her grudging acceptance that her rival deserved the award

Derived terms

  • grudgingly

Related terms

  • grudge
  • grudger
  • grudgy

Translations

Verb

grudging

  1. present participle of grudge

Noun

grudging (plural grudgings)

  1. The state of bearing a grudge.

Anagrams

  • drugging


English

Etymology

niggard +‎ -ly

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnɪɡədli/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈnɪɡɚdli/

Adjective

niggardly (comparative more niggardly, superlative most niggardly)

  1. Withholding for the sake of meanness; stingy, miserly.
    Synonyms: miserly, stingy; see also Thesaurus:stingy
    • 1609, Joseph Hall, (paraphrasing Ambrose? in) “No Peace with Rome”, in Josiah Pratt (editor), The Works of the Right Reverend Father in God, Joseph Hall, D. D., Vol. IX. Polemical Works, London, (1808), page 57:
      [W]here the owner of the house will be bountiful, it is not for the steward to be niggardly.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 47
      They were not niggardly, these tramps, and he who had money did not hesitate to share it among the rest.
    • 1958, John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society (1998 edition), →ISBN, p. 186:
      This manifests itself in an implacable tendency to provide an opulent supply of some things and a niggardly yield of others.

Usage notes

  • This term may cause offence, especially in the US, as it is easily confused with niggerly, an adverbial form of the racial slur nigger. The two words are etymologically unrelated.

Translations

Adverb

niggardly (comparative more niggardly, superlative most niggardly)

  1. (now rare) In a parsimonious way; sparingly, stingily.
    • , New York 2001, p.105:
      because many families are compelled to live niggardly, exhaust and undone by great dowers, none shall be given at all, or very little […].

Translations

Further reading

  • Controversies about the word “niggardly” on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

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