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Definition of Miser


  1. A wretched person; a person afflicted by any great misfortune.
  2. A despicable person; a wretch.
  3. A covetous, grasping, mean person; esp., one having wealth, who lives miserably for the sake of saving and increasing his hoard.
  4. A kind of large earth auger.

Miser Quotations

A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
William Shenstone

The devil lies brooding in the miser's chest.
Thomas Fuller

It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.
Robert Louis Stevenson

While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser.
Karl Marx

Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser's passion, not the thief s.
William Blake
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Miser Translations

miser in German is Geizhals
miser in Spanish is avaro
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