Definition of miser in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    penny-pincher, pinchpenny, niggard, cheese-parer, scrooge
    hoarder, saver, collector, gatherer, accumulator, magpie, squirrel
    ascetic, puritan
    skinflint, meanie, money-grubber, cheapskate
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Late 15th century (as an adjective in the sense ‘miserly’): from Latin, literally wretched.