The Shakespearean Word of the Day


(noun) miser; mean person; skinflint
“Be not niggard of your speech.” (Macbeth)

(adjective) miserly; parsimonious; sparing
“The niggard prodigal that praised he.” (Rape of Lucrece)

grudging; unwilling
“Niggard of question” (Hamlet)

(verb) begrudge; hoard; use sparingly
“now niggard not thy state” (The Two Noble Kinsmen)

put off; fob off; stint
“nature must obey necessity/ Which we will niggard with a little rest” (Julius Caesar)

source: Shakespeare’s Words by David and Ben Crystal

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