mi·​ser | \ ˈmī-zər How to pronounce miser (audio) \

Definition of miser

: a mean grasping person a miser cackling over unexpected treasure— R. T. Peterson especially : one who is extremely stingy with money a miser who inherited a fortune but lives in a shanty

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Examples of miser in a Sentence

the miser liked to sit and play with his money
Recent Examples on the Web Alastair Sim stars in the 1951 retelling of Charles Dickens’s classic novel about Ebenezer Scrooge, a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption. Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2020 Comfort has been handed out by a miser this year, but on SOUL LADY, Yukika was generous in her warmth and familiarity. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 23 Dec. 2020 The famed novella, originally published in 1843, centers around the unforgettable miser Ebenezer Scrooge along with Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come as Scrooge learns a valuable lesson in finding joy. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 22 Dec. 2020 Tom Mula's play retells the Scrooge story through his deceased partner Marley, who turns out to have arranged the spirits who bring about the miser's change of heart. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Nov. 2020 Only when the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come brings Scrooge face-to-face with his own impermanence in the form of his tombstone does the old miser begin to show benevolence and compassion toward others. Dan Cable, Scientific American, 13 May 2020 Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale of ghosts, a miser named Scrooge and the possibility of redemption, re-imagined in a Victorian Baltimore setting. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, 1 Dec. 2019 The miser Scrooge meets three spirits on Christmas Eve. Chris Foran, jsonline.com, 25 Nov. 2019 But what irresponsible, immoral miser cares about the mortgage while the house is still burning? Letter Writers, Twin Cities, 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of miser

circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for miser

Latin miser miserable

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The first known use of miser was circa 1560

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“Miser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miser. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of miser

disapproving : a person who hates to spend money : a very stingy person


mi·​ser | \ ˈmī-zər How to pronounce miser (audio) \

Kids Definition of miser

: a stingy person who lives poorly in order to store away money

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