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English definition of “miserly”

miserly

adjective (AMOUNT)    /ˈmaɪ.zəl.i/ US  /-zɚ.li/ disapproving
describes an amount that is extremely small: a miserly 75p a week rise in the state pensionSmall amounts of moneyLarge amounts of money miserliness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Mean with money
(Definition of miserly adjective (AMOUNT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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