Definition: stingy; mean
Definition: stingy; mean
Sentences Containing 'miserly'
I have said virtue, wealth, and generosity, because a great man who is vicious will be a great example of vice, and a rich man who is not generous will be merely a miserly beggar; for the possessor of wealth is not made happy by possessing it, but by spending it, and not by spending as he pleases, but by knowing how to spend it well.
Thou art always prating to me, Starbuck, about those miserly owners, as if the owners were my conscience.
The characters speaking Kansai-ben are often associated with the stereotypical Osakan image of being "humorous", "miserly", "epicurean", "gaudy", "vulgar", "energetic" or even involved with "yakuza".
Although the word is sometimes used loosely to characterise anyone who is mean with their money, if such behaviour is not accompanied by taking delight in what is saved, it is not properly miserly.
Freud attributed the development of miserly behaviour to toilet training in childhood.
Running parallel with this has been a disposition, inherited from Classical times, to class miserly behaviour as a type of eccentricity and include accounts of misers in such works as G. H. Wilson's four-volume compendium of short biographies, "The Eccentric Mirror" (1807).
The Latin writer Horace put miserly behaviour at the centre of the first poem in his first collection of satires, dealing with extremes of behaviour.
During the 16th century, emblem books began using an illustration of an ass eating thistles as symbol of miserly behaviour, often with an accompanying poem.
Although miserly behaviour is referenced during the course of its 78 pages, the real focus there is the attraction of money in all its manifestations.
Under the title The Miserly Knight, it was made an opera by Sergei Rachmaninoff in 1906.
Kendall Houston ended the game with a miserly 23 yards on 11 rushes.
More Vocab Wordsnominal - in name only; of a name; trifling; (of a sum of money) very small; CF. nominate: propose as a candidate; appoint
plebeian - common; vulgar; pertaining to the common people; N: common people in ancient Rome; CF. patrician
exculpate - clear from blame or guilt
jaunty - cheerful and pleased with life; lighthearted; animated; easy and carefree; dapper in appearance; Ex. jaunty person/hat
unassuaged - unsatisfied; not soothed
repress - hold back (the natural expression of); restrain; crush; oppress; Ex. repressed child; Ex. repress a laugh/rebellion
cerebral - pertaining to the brain or intellect; intellectual rather than emotional; CF. cerebrum
connubial - pertaining to marriage or the matrimonial state
perspicuity - clearness of expression; freedom from ambiguity
truncate - cut the top off; shorten