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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).

MISERABLE, adj. Sc. usage: mean, stingy, miserly. Gen.Sc. Dial. in Eng.Wgt. 1877 “Saxon” Gall. Gossip 197:
They were most awsome miserable in some ways; for they would go all over the country wherever they could fall in with a meal of meat, to save the eatables at home.
Abd. 1949 Huntly Express (6 May):
The wives of stingy, miserable farmers who refused to give oats to hens.

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