Definition of miserly :
1. A quantity having an intermediate value between several others, from which it is derived, and of which it expresses the resultant value; usually, unless otherwise specified, it is the simple average, formed by adding the quantities together and dividing by their number, which is called an arithmetical mean. A geometrical mean is the square root of the product of the quantities.
2. Like a miser; very covetous; sordid; niggardly.
penurious, economic, smashed, barely, slopped, blind drunk, meanspirited, plastered, crocked, give, only, blotto, compressed, covetous, economical, squiffy, taut, fuddled, pixilated, rigorous, soaked, pinching, cockeyed, stringent, uncharitable, pie-eyed, costive, mingy, cheap, loaded, average, chintzy, mere, sozzled, economies, wet, careful, pissed, niggard, hateful, close, bastardly, pinchpenny, sloshed, soused, stinting, stiff, tightfisted, besotted, nasty, thrift, base
avaricious (part of speech: adjective)
ascetic (part of speech: adjective)
stingily (part of speech: adverb)
few (part of speech: adjective)
small (part of speech: adjective)
modest, weeny, diminutive, scant, dwarfish, slim, petite, piddling, spare, pocket, trifling, itty-bitty, smallish, ungenerous, wee, miniature, tiny, compact, small, beggarly, negligible, niggardly, toy, teeny, short, paltry, puny, scanty, scrawny, delicate, baby, teensy, microscopic, nugatory, little, bantam, slight, minimal, sparing, teeny-weeny, minor, picayune, minute, deficient
insufficient (part of speech: adjective)
ascetically (part of speech: adverb)
insufficiently (part of speech: adverb)
compactly (part of speech: adverb)
stingy (part of speech: adjective)
- She is generous because there is no need for her to be miserly. - "Edge of the Jungle", William Beebe.
- The miserly old man had speculated with a kind of passion. - "The Lonely House", Adolph Streckfuss.
- All the wealth we can give to Love's service is most useful and welcome; but the retention of any for miserly pride, or vain ostentation, or indolent uselessness for ourselves or our children, fills the heart so full of self that Love can find there no room. - "The Five Great Philosophies of Life", William de Witt Hyde.