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miser

[ mahy-zer ]
/ ˈmaɪ zər /
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noun
a person who lives in wretched circumstances in order to save and hoard money.
a stingy, avaricious person.
Obsolete. a wretched or unhappy person.
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Origin of miser

1535–45; <Latin: wretched
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British Dictionary definitions for miser (1 of 2)

miser1
/ (ˈmaɪzə) /

noun
a person who hoards money or possessions, often living miserably
selfish person

Word Origin for miser

C16: from Latin: wretched

British Dictionary definitions for miser (2 of 2)

miser2
/ (ˈmaɪzə) /

noun
civil engineering a large hand-operated auger used for loose soils

Word Origin for miser

C19: origin unknown
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