Mi"ser (mī"zẽr), n. [L.
miser wretched, miserable; cf. Gr. mi^sos hate,
misei^n to hate: cf. It. & Sp. misero wretched,
1. A wretched person; a person afflicted by
any great misfortune. [Obs.] Spenser.
The woeful words of a miser now
despairing. Sir P. Sidney.
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.
As some lone miser, visiting his store,
Bends at his treasure, counts, recounts it o'er.
4. A kind of large earth auger.