(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. penurious, miserly, niggardly, near, tight, close; scanty, meager. See parsimony. Ant., generous.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. parsimonious, niggardly, miserly, penurious, close, closefisted, sordid, greedy, covetous, tightfisted, tight*, avaricious, acquisitive, grasping, curmudgeonly, penny-pinching, grudging, cheeseparing, sparing, ignoble, cheap*, scurvy, rapacious, near, narrow, shabby, scrimping, skimping, churlish, ungenerous, selfish, meagerly, meanly, skimpy, illiberal, extortionate.
Ant. generous*, bountiful, liberal.
Syn.- stingy implies a grudging, mean reluctance to part with anything belonging to one; close suggests the keeping of a tight hold on what one has accumulated; niggardly implies such closefistedness that one grudgingly spends or gives the least amount possible; parsimonious implies unreasonable economy or frugality, often to the point of niggardliness; penurious implies such extreme parsimony and niggardliness as to make one seem poverty-stricken or destitute; miserly implies the penuriousness of one who is meanly avaricious and hoarding
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. cheap tight, tightfisted, miserly, *penny-pinching, niggardly, penurious, parsimonious, grudging, stinting, thrifty, frugal.
2. scanty inadequate, insufficient, sparing, meager, skimpy, paltry, *measly, lean.
ANT.: 1. generous, charitable, giving. 2. generous, abundant, plentiful
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Ungenerously or pettily reluctant to spend money: cheap, close, close-fisted, costive, hard-fisted, mean2, miserly, niggard, niggardly, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penurious, petty, pinching, tight, tightfisted. See GIVE. 2. Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent: exiguous, meager, poor, puny, scant, scanty, skimpy, spare, sparse, thin. Slang: measly. See BIG, EXCESS.

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