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|part of speech:
||a greedy, ungenerous person, esp. one who lives in poor circumstances in order to hoard money.
When he died, it was discovered that the old miser had accumulated vast amounts of money.Your uncle is such a miser that I'm surprised he gave you any gift for your wedding.
- cheapskate, niggard, penny pincher, skinflint, tightwad
- similar words:
- hoarder, piker, scrooge
The English word miser
comes from the Latin word miser
, which means "miserable."