miser

play
noun mi·ser \ˈmī-zər\

Definition of miser

  1. :  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

  1. the miser liked to sit and play with his money

Recent Examples of miser from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'miser'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of miser

Latin miser miserable


MISER Defined for English Language Learners

miser

play
noun

Definition of miser for English Language Learners

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


MISER Defined for Kids

miser

play
noun mi·ser \ˈmī-zər\

Definition of miser for Students

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up miser? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

sad or melancholy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!