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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 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, "Coping with ‘Death Awareness’ in the COVID-19 Era," 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, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Washington Monument lighting, a Victorian Baltimore take on Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Night of 100 Elvises," 1 Dec. 2019 The miser Scrooge meets three spirits on Christmas Eve. Chris Foran, jsonline.com, "Christmas TV guide 2019: Where and when you can find holiday shows, from Hallmark movies to 'Grinch'," 25 Nov. 2019 But what irresponsible, immoral miser cares about the mortgage while the house is still burning? Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Warner Nature Center doesn’t need a ‘reset’," 29 Sep. 2019 Universal credit was conceived in the late 2000s as a fairly generous scheme that would establish the Tories as champions of the deserving poor, rather than the misers many working-class voters believed them to be. The Economist, "Britain’s switch to a “universal credit” is not going well," 31 May 2018 There is little in the MKZ Hybrid that reminds of any Ford product, leaving the owner to benefit from an accommodating fuel miser while enjoying more perks of luxury-car ownership. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: When mileage and elegance matter," 15 May 2018 About half the roster made only occasional contributions, like a guilty miser chipping into the Salvation Army bucket. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers 2018: It took 45 points by LeBron James to win Game 7 -- Bill Livingston," 29 Apr. 2018 Despite his incredible wealth, the family patriarch was a infamous miser, who kept his fortune in a charitable trust to avoid taxes, but gave little if anything to charity. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "All the Money in the World," 25 Dec. 2017

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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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29 May 2020

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“Miser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miser. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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