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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’
penny-pincher, pinchpenny, niggard, cheese-parer, scroogehoarder, saver, collector, gatherer, accumulator, magpie, squirrelascetic, puritanskinflint, meanie, money-grubber, cheapskatetightwadtight-arseView synonyms
- ‘After a tension-filled pause, Benny, a notorious miser and tightwad, said, ‘I'm thinking, I'm thinking.’’
- ‘In addition, you don't want children who are so concerned with delaying gratification that they wind up as misers.’
- ‘Instead, I shall bask in all this glory and hope it brings me new found arrogance, snobbery and untold riches so I can retire to Pismo Beach and be a happy miser.’
- ‘The bureau pores over its data like a miser in his cave with his treasure.’
- ‘Scotland is heading towards a savings crisis according to the latest research due to be published next week, which will call into question our traditional reputation as a nation of misers.’
- ‘He decides instead to take over an old miser's nest egg.’
- ‘This refers to a miser, perhaps the most despised of all types in a world where generosity is the yardstick by which humanity is measured.’
- ‘Scrooge is a hard, cold miser who spends his days counting his profits and wishing the world would leave him alone.’
- ‘Like an old miser, however, he will give nothing away cheaply.’
- ‘Now, before you begin forming the impression that my beloved is a bad-tempered miser, I must put you straight.’
- ‘Did I just give away that I come from a long line of misers?’
- ‘It is a myth that living like a miser will see you end up with a stash of gold.’
- ‘How, without recording these acts of generosity, are such people to avoid the suspicion that they are misers?’
- ‘Come January, I'm freezing my credit card in a block of ice and becoming a miser.’
- ‘Although Uncle Roger lives in a small ramshackle cottage that looks more like a rat-infested hovel, Colin believes the man is a miser, and is sure there's money that has been stashed away.’
- ‘Once you start calculating how much fuel you are using and converting that into cash you will be halfway to becoming a fuel miser.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This looked and sounded like a Chancellor who was holding on to the Treasury windfalls like a miser hoarding his coins.’
- ‘Critics and journalists have often portrayed him as a miser or as an old lecher.’
- ‘Likewise, the misers at the Department of Finance will stifle their giggles when consumer agencies start advising us to cut back and save.’
Late 15th century (as an adjective in the sense ‘miserly’): from Latin, literally wretched.
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