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

Examples of miser in a Sentence

the miser liked to sit and play with his money
Recent Examples on the Web Matt Daniels will portray Charles Dickens' famed fictional miser in the 2022 production Nov. 29-Dec. 24, the Rep announced Monday. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 May 2022 Michael Caine plays the miser Ebenezer Scrooge in this family-friendly and heart-felt 1992 adaptation of Dickens’ holiday fable. Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2021 Whitford gives the famous miser a richly layered and complex shading, giving him a wry and knowing sensibility even in his most curmudgeonly moments. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 2 Dec. 2021 The key is, like the miser, to be the first out of the cab and the last into the pub. Clem Chambers, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 As Atlanta audiences revisit the story of the miser who learned to keep Christmas best of all, Bell will be doing the same thing. Bo Emerson, ajc, 9 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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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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“Miser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miser. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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