from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who lives very meagerly in order to hoard money.
- n. A greedy or avaricious person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who hoards money rather than spending it; one who is cheap or extremely parsimonious.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wretched person; a person afflicted by any great misfortune.
- n. A despicable person; a wretch.
- n. A covetous, grasping, mean person; esp., one having wealth, who lives miserably for the sake of saving and increasing his hoard.
- n. A stingy person; one very reluctant to spend money.
- n. A kind of large earth auger.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. If. A miserable person; one who is wretched or unhappy.
- n. An extremely avaricious person; one who hoards money; a niggard; one who in wealth conducts himself as one afflicted with poverty.
- Characteristic of a miser.
- To gather or keep like a miser; keep with jealous care; hoard: with up.
- n. An iron cylinder with an opening in the side and a cutting lip, attached to the lower end of a boring-rod, used in the process of sinking wells in water-bearing strata.
- To collect in the interior of the boring-tool called a miser: used with up.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stingy hoarder of money and possessions (often living miserably)
From Latin, wretched.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin miser ("wretched, unfortunate, unhappy, miserable, sick, ill, bad, worthless, etc."). (Wiktionary)