[nig-erd-lee] /ˈnɪg ərd li/
reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly.
meanly or ungenerously small or scanty:
a niggardly tip to a waiter.
in the manner of a .
stingy or ungenerous
meagre: a niggardly salary
1560s, from niggard + -ly (1).
It was while giving a speech in Washington, to a very international audience, about the British theft of the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon. I described the attitude of the current British authorities as “niggardly.” Nobody said anything, but I privately resolved — having felt the word hanging in the air a bit — to say “parsimonious” from then on. [Christopher Hitchens, “The Pernicious Effects of Banning Words,” Slate.com, Dec. 4, 2006]
As an adverb from 1520s. Related: Niggardliness.
[nig-er] /ˈnɪg ər/ Usage alert The term nigger is now probably the most offensive word in English. Its degree of offensiveness has increased markedly in recent years, although it has been used in a derogatory manner since at least the Revolutionary War. The senses labeled Extremely Disparaging and Offensive represent meanings that are deeply insulting […]
noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. 1. (def 1).
noun 1. a novel (1897) by Joseph Conrad.
[nig] /nɪg/ verb (used with object), nigged, nigging. Masonry. 1. . n. c.1300, “niggardly person” (see niggard). As an abbreviated form of nigger, attested by c.1832, American English. noun A black person (1932+) National Institute of Genetics