Origin: ME negarde, prob. < Scand, as in ON hnøggr, Norw dial. nøgg, afraid, stingy < IE base *kneu- (var. of *ken-, to scrape) > OE hneaw, sparse, stingy
See niggard in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English nigard
Origin: , perhaps from nig, stingy person
Origin: , of Scandinavian origin.
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