What does miser mean?
Definitions for miser
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a stingy hoarder of money and possessions (often living miserably)
A stingy person; one very reluctant to spend money.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: miser, Latin.
Do not disdain to carry with you the woful words of a miser now despairing; neither be afraid to appear before her, bearing the base title of the sender. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
I wish that it may not prove some ominous foretoken of misfortune to have met with such a miser as I am. Philip Sidney.
Fair son of Mars, that seek with warlike spoil
And great atchievements, great yourself to make,
Vouchsafe to stay your steed for humble miser ’s sake. Fairy Queen, b. ii.
Decrepit miser! base ignoble wretch!
I am descended of a gentler blood. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.
Though she be dearer to my soul than rest
To weary pilgrims, or to misers gold,
Rather than wrong Castalio I’d forget her. Thomas Otway, Orphan.
No silver saints by dying misers giv’n,
Here brib’d the rage of ill-requited heav’n;
But such plain roofs as piety could raise,
And only vocal with the Maker’s praise. Alexander Pope.
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. Misers as a type have been a perennial object of popular fascination and a fruitful source for writers and artists in many cultures.
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
Etymology: [L. miser wretched, miserable; cf. Gr. mi^sos hate, misei^n to hate: cf. It. & Sp. misero wretched, avaricious.]
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
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.]
mīz′ėr, n. a tubular well boring-bit, with valved opening for the earth passing up.
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Miser is ranked #20172 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Miser surname appeared 1,322 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Miser.
85.2% or 1,127 total occurrences were White.
4.6% or 62 total occurrences were Black.
3.8% or 51 total occurrences were Asian.
3.7% or 49 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.6% or 22 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.8% or 11 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
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The numerical value of miser in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of miser in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of miser in a Sentence
I hate the miser, whose unsocial breast Locks from the world his useless stores. Wealth by the bounteous only is enjoyed, Whose treasures, in diffusive good employed, The rich return of fame and friends procure, And ?gainst a sad reverse a safe retreat secure.
The miser and the glutton are two facetious buzzards: one hides his store, and the other stores his hide.
A miser grows rich by seeming poor. An extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape.
To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.
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- بخيلة, بخيلArabic
- Rappenspalter, Pfennigklauberin, Pfennigklauber, Rappenspalterin, Geizige, Knauser, Geiziger, Knauserin, Pfennigfuchserin, Pfennigfuchser, Geizhals, GeizkragenGerman
- avarulo, avarulinoEsperanto
- avaro, avaraSpanish
- saituri, kitupiikkiFinnish
- ժլատ, գծուծ, կծծի, քցիպArmenian
- avaro, avaraItalian
- 守銭奴, ケチJapanese
- avara, avarusLatin
- gierigaard, vrekDutch
- sknera, dusigrosz, skąpiecPolish
- avarenta, mão-de-vaca, avarentoPortuguese
- скупец, жмот, куркуль, скупердяй, скряга, жадинаRussian
- gnidare, girigbukSwedish
- hilavaran, jilavaran, lavaranVolapük
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