Definitions for miserˈmaɪ zər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a person who lives poorly in order to save money.
a stingy, avaricious person.
Origin of miser:
1550–60; < L: wretched
a stingy hoarder of money and possessions (often living miserably)
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.
a wretched person; a person afflicted by any great misfortune
a despicable person; a wretch
a covetous, grasping, mean person; esp., one having wealth, who lives miserably for the sake of saving and increasing his hoard
a kind of large earth auger
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.
Translations for miser
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a mean person who lives very poorly in order to store up wealth
That old miser won't give you a cent!
- avarentoPortuguese (BR)
- der GeizhalsGerman
- φιλάργυρος, μίζεροςGreek
- ادم خسیسFarsi
- orang kikirIndonesian
- nirfill, nánösIcelandic
- 수전노, 구두쇠Korean
- gjerrigknark, gnierNorwegian
- ادم خسیسPersian
- بخيل كسPashto
- avar, zgârcitRomanian
- girigbuk, snålvargSwedish
- cimri kimseTurkish
- 守財奴Chinese (Trad.)
- скупій, скнараUkrainian
- کنجوس آدمیUrdu
- người keo kiệtVietnamese
- 守财奴Chinese (Simp.)
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