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Synonyms for niggard

Synonyms for niggard

a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend

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The truth of this remark is indeed shown by that old canon in natural history of Natura non facit saltum.' We meet with this admission in the writings of almost every experienced naturalist; or, as Milne Edwards has well expressed it, nature is prodigal in variety, but niggard in innovation.
But this indication of his taste for good cheer, joined to the annunciation of his being a follower of the Court, who had lost himself at the great hunting-match, cannot induce the niggard Hermit to produce better fare than bread and cheese, for which his guest showed little appetite; and ``thin drink,'' which was even less acceptable.
"Thou mayest suppose, Lothario my friend, that I am unable to give sufficient thanks for the favours God has rendered me in making me the son of such parents as mine were, and bestowing upon me with no niggard hand what are called the gifts of nature as well as those of fortune, and above all for what he has done in giving me thee for a friend and Camilla for a wife- two treasures that I value, if not as highly as I ought, at least as highly as I am able.
The Duke of Vanholt's an honourable gentleman, and one to whom I must be no niggard of my cunning.
You see a niggards bounty how it spreades, Like to a nine daies wonder gentlemen: And much the more, because tis seldom seene, That couetous misers are so plentifull....