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Definition of a person:  excessively disinclined to part with money

of an amount:  less than is appropriate
  • he left a miserly tip
  • Tiny audits Lena's accounts occasionally, and invests her money for her; and Lena, apparently, takes care that Tiny doesn't grow too miserly.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Thou art always prating to me, Starbuck, about those miserly owners, as if the owners were my conscience.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The peasants asked him for some meadowland, I think it was, at a cheaper rate, and he refused, and I accused him of being miserly.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The worst inconvenience was that of limited rations; if they were to avoid starvation, food would have to be dispensed in miserly portions.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • A misericord, a "mercy-killer," the kind of blade that was meant to pierce through the gaps in armor and deliver a killing stroke.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • —Swilling, I warrant me, at the ale, or playing their juggling tricks at the bedside of some miserly churl.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • You are not miserly, I trust?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • The Smeaths in our rendition of them are charmless, miserly, heavy as dough, boring as white margarine, which we claim they eat for dessert.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • The trees they'd imagined to be swollen with fruit were frail and injured-looking, with only a small array of apples hanging miserly from each branch.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • There had been a little rain and a fuzz of miserly grass had started up.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The old man, now long since dead, had had a large business in his day and was also a noteworthy character, miserly and hard as flint.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • As they say, a miserly woman always nurses revenge.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • He went on and on, shaming the congregants for their miserly ways.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • But power corrupts, and soon I grew miserly and chose fewer and fewer words, trying to keep as many as possible for myself.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Also, when we played at cards Miss Havisham would look on, with a miserly relish of Estella's moods, whatever they were.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • But it can be seen that I do have a genuine and almost miserly interest in worthless objects.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Ann allows herself a miserly smile.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Jacqueline still had a few matches and Jim had a pocket torch almost fully charged but the realization that they were marooned caused them to be miserly.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • It's not a question of my being miserly, as you'd like to make out.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  Long Day's Journey into Night

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