1. a stingy hoarder of money and possessions (often living miserably)
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Miser \Mi"ser\ (m[imac]"z[~e]r), n. [L. miser wretched,
miserable; cf. Gr. mi^sos hate, misei^n to hate: cf. It. &
Sp. misero wretched, avaricious.]
1. A wretched person; a person afflicted by any great
misfortune. [Obs.] --Spenser.
The woeful words of a miser now despairing. --Sir P.
2. A despicable person; a wretch. [Obs.] --Shak.
3. A covetous, grasping, mean person; esp., one having
wealth, who lives miserably for the sake of saving and
increasing his hoard.
As some lone miser, visiting his store,
Bends at his treasure, counts, recounts it o'er.
4. A stingy person; one very reluctant to spend money.
5. A kind of large earth auger. --Knight.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a stingy hoarder of money and possessions (often living
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
33 Moby Thesaurus words for "miser":
Silas Marner, accumulator, bill collector, cheapskate, churl,
collection agent, collector, connoisseur, curmudgeon, douanier,
dunner, exciseman, farmer, gatherer, glutton, hog, magpie,
muckworm, niggard, pack rat, penny pincher, pig, piker, pinchfist,
pinchgut, pinchpenny, save-all, scrooge, skin, skinflint, stiff,
tax collector, tightwad