Mi"ser (?), n. [L. miser wretched, miserable; cf. Gr. hate, , to hate: cf. It. & Sp. misero wretched, avaricious.]
A wretched person; a person afflicted by any great misfortune.
The woeful words of a miser now despairing.
Sir P. Sidney.
A despicable person; a wretch.
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.
A kind of large earth auger.
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