What does miser mean?

Definitions for miserˈmaɪ zər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. miser(noun)

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


  1. Miser(n.)

    A stingy person; one very reluctant to spend money.

  2. Origin: [L. miser wretched, miserable; cf. Gr. mi^sos hate, misei^n to hate: cf. It. & Sp. misero wretched, avaricious.]


  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

  5. Origin: [L. miser wretched, miserable; cf. Gr. mi^sos hate, misei^n to hate: cf. It. & Sp. misero wretched, avaricious.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Miser

    mī′zėr, n. a miserable person: an extremely covetous person: a niggard: one whose chief pleasure is in hoarding wealth.—adj. like a miser.—adj. Mī′serly, excessively covetous: sordid: niggardly. [L. miser, wretched.]

  2. Miser

    mīz′ėr, n. a tubular well boring-bit, with valved opening for the earth passing up.

Anagrams for miser »

  1. mires

  2. Reims

  3. remis

  4. emirs

  5. rimes


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of miser in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of miser in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Laurence J. Peter:

    Every man serves a useful purpose A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.

  2. Robertson Davies:

    To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.

  3. Karl Kraus:

    Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.

  4. Lucius Accius Telephus:

    Is demum miser est, cuius nobilitas miserias nobilitat. (Indeed, wretched the man whose fame makes his misfortunes famous.)

  5. Brendan Francis:

    If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.

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