miser Farebrother felt as if a great weight had been lifted from his heart.
Robert was right in calling him a miser, but he had not always deserved the name.
Wealth, more than miser ever craved, office and place lower but little than Aurelian's own, shall be thine—'
He repulsed the advances of neighbors, and became what Robert called him—a miser.
The miser says,—You forbid me to love money, to seek after the means of acquiring it: alas!
But you know the old man has become a miser, and makes money his idol.
Like the miser, he broods over his treasures: he does not use them.
She declared she was thrifty, but neither a miser, nor a kidnaper, nor a witch.
"Mave, as you expect to have the gates of Heaven opened to your sowl, an' don't lave me," exclaimed the miser with clasped hands.
I have a regard for old Matthew, though he is something of a miser, I fear.
1540s, "miserable person, wretch," from Latin miser (adj.) "unhappy, wretched, pitiable, in distress," of unknown origin. Original sense now obsolete; main modern meaning of "money-hoarding person" recorded 1560s, from presumed unhappiness of such people.
Besides general wretchedness, the Latin word connoted also "intense erotic love" (cf. slang got it bad "deeply infatuated") and hence was a favorite word of Catullus. In Greek a miser was kyminopristes, literally "a cumin seed splitter." In Modern Greek, he might be called hekentabelones, literally "one who has sixty needles." The German word, filz, literally "felt," preserves the image of the felt slippers which the miser often wore in caricatures. Lettish mantrausis "miser" is literally "money-raker."