[ mahy-zer ]
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  1. a person who lives in wretched circumstances in order to save and hoard money.

  2. a stingy, avaricious person.

  1. Obsolete. a wretched or unhappy person.

Origin of miser

1535–45; <Latin: wretched

Other words for miser

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How to use miser in a sentence

  • His very smile was cunning, as if he had been studying smiles among the portraits of his misers.

    Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens
  • When the task was done, Mr Boffin, with his appetite for Misers whetted instead of satiated, began to look out again.

    Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens
  • Let the old Misers stores be all expos'd, and made the Soldiers Prey!

    The Female Wits | Anonymous
  • There are men who are misers, and also spendthrifts; but they are rare.

    Orthodoxy | G. K. Chesterton
  • Up there somewhere was another colony of winged misers and their hoarded wealth of honey.

    The Heritage of the Hills | Arthur P. Hankins

British Dictionary definitions for miser (1 of 2)


/ (ˈmaɪzə) /

  1. a person who hoards money or possessions, often living miserably

  2. selfish person

Origin of miser

C16: from Latin: wretched

British Dictionary definitions for miser (2 of 2)


/ (ˈmaɪzə) /

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

Origin of miser

C19: origin unknown

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