Definition of miser in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪzə/


A person who hoards wealth and spends as little money as possible: a typical miser, he hid his money in the house in various places
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  • This looked and sounded like a Chancellor who was holding on to the Treasury windfalls like a miser hoarding his coins.
  • He's also a terrible miser, hoarding gold in his attic while his poor young wife - who has agreed to the arrangement only to protect her woefully indebted father - wants for the smallest pat of butter.
  • After a tension-filled pause, Benny, a notorious miser and tightwad, said, ‘I'm thinking, I'm thinking.’
penny-pincher, pinchpenny, niggard, cheese-parer, Scrooge;
hoarder, saver, collector, gatherer, accumulator, magpie, squirrel;
ascetic, puritan
informal skinflint, meanie, money-grubber, cheapskate
North American informal tightwad
vulgar slang tight-arse


Late 15th century (as an adjective in the sense 'miserly'): from Latin, literally 'wretched'.

Words that rhyme with miser

adviser, chastiser, coryza, despiser, deviser, divisor, Dreiser, Eliza, incisor, Kaiser, Liza, Mount Isa, provisor, reviser, riser, sizer, visor

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