American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who lives very meagerly in order to hoard money.
- n. A greedy or avaricious person.
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. The bottom is conical, with a valved opening through which the earth can pass upward. In the so-called “pot-miser,” used in pebbly clay, there is no valve, but the soil is forced upward by a worm on the outside of the pot, which is conical in form, and over whose edge it falls as the instrument works its way downward.
- To collect in the interior of the boring-tool called a miser: used with up.
- n. pejorative A person who hoards money rather than spending it; one who is cheap or extremely parsimonious.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A wretched person; a person afflicted by any great misfortune.
- n. obsolete 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.
- n. a stingy hoarder of money and possessions (often living miserably)
- From Late Latin miser ("wretched, unfortunate, unhappy, miserable, sick, ill, bad, worthless, etc."). (Wiktionary)
- From Latin, wretched. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He told her of the fairy mill, of the old man's gloating pride in the word miser, of All Souls 'Eve and Adam Craig's hints about the apple tree and the lilac bush.”
“Adam shamelessly accepted the word miser with a gloating chuckle.”
“Insofar as the pursuit of this homogeneous substance provides the binding "one law" of his existence, he resembles the Urizenic Bromion; but to the extent that his fetishistic hoarding of gold necessitates a renunciation of all self-expenditure and a paranoid withdrawal from society (which must be seen as a source of expense or potential thievery), he resembles the withdrawn and virtue-hoarding Theotormon (who, like the miser, is also associated with a "threshold" of stone [2: 6]).”
“It's one of the reasons that Henry VII was known as a miser, such was the state of the Treasury when he came to the throne in 1485.”
“The life of a miser is the constant exercise of human power put to the service of self.”
“But a miser is the mirror image of a miner—what the miner digs up, the miser at least figuratively, and sometimes literally buries right back in the ground.”
“The philanthropist donates for fear of being labelled a miser just as the miser hoards for fear of donating.”
“And she was -- she was a genuine miser, which is a very rare psychological phenomenon.”
“A miser is the complete opposite of a spendthrift, but he is still a scarcity thinker.”
“It will be readily conceded that the miser is a worldly man.”
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