A stingy or ungenerous person; one who is or is behaving niggardly
. Despite popular belief, the word is actually historically considered highly offensive. Should not be confused with the word nigger
, which is also highly offensive, but in a different way. In everyday speech, the two words sound nearly identical, so it's a good rule of thumb to save the word for print. It's considered pretty archaic anyway, so it's probably not a good idea to use it in any context unless you want to offend someone who has a less developed vocabulary.
Person With a Large Vocabulary: Why won't you give me a dollar? You're such a niggard.
Person With a Small Vocabulary: WHAT'D YOU JUST CALL ME?!
Person With a Large Vocabulary: I called you a niggard. You know: stingy, not generous, generally not the kind of person you'd want to hang out with.
Person With a Small Vocabulary: Now you're just being racist!