Definitions for miserˈmaɪ zər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mi•serˈmaɪ zər(n.)

  1. a person who lives poorly in order to save money.

  2. a stingy, avaricious person.

Origin of miser:

1550–60; < L: wretched

Princeton's WordNet

  1. miser(noun)

    a stingy hoarder of money and possessions (often living miserably)

Wiktionary

  1. miser(Noun)

    A person who hoards money rather than spending it; one who is cheap or extremely parsimonious.

    Ebenezer Scrooge was a stereotypical miser, he spent nothing he could save; neither giving to charity nor enjoying his wealth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Miser(noun)

    a wretched person; a person afflicted by any great misfortune

  2. Miser(noun)

    a despicable person; a wretch

  3. Miser(noun)

    a covetous, grasping, mean person; esp., one having wealth, who lives miserably for the sake of saving and increasing his hoard

  4. Miser(noun)

    a kind of large earth auger

Freebase

  1. Miser

    A miser is a person who is reluctant to spend, sometimes to the point of forgoing even basic comforts and some necessities, in order to hoard money or other possessions. Although the word is sometimes used loosely to characterise anyone who is mean with their money, if such behaviour is not accompanied by taking delight in what is saved, it is not properly miserly. Freud attributed the development of miserly behaviour to toilet training in childhood. Some infants would attempt to retain the contents of their bowels and this would result in the development of an anal retentive personality that would attempt to retain their wealth and possessions in later life.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

miser(noun)

a mean person who lives very poorly in order to store up wealth

That old miser won't give you a cent!

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