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

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Preachers began to tell anecdotes about deceitful Jewish misers who consorted with the devil; artists began to visualize such tales in grotesque and frightening detail, endowing their Jewish villains with distinctively fleshy and bestial features. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, "A Terribly Durable Myth," 17 June 2019 One of his most popular tricks is the miser’s dream. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Lyons Township English teacher also works as Frankie Ace, a magician and comic," 9 July 2018 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 Scottish actor Alastair Sim gives one of the screen’s great performances as Ebeneezer Scrooge, revealing from the start the emotional vulnerability beneath the old miser’s cynical shell. Arthur Herman, National Review, "The Five Best Christmas Movies You’ve (Probably) Never Seen," 23 Dec. 2017 Abele certainly is resolved to avoid looming cuts in social services and is trying his best to convince the public the County Board is filled with Scrooge-like misers for approving them in the first place. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chris Abele makes last-minute appeal for County Board to increase wheel tax instead of cutting spending in 2018," 13 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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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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agony, or difficult or painful work

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