< /ˌɛb əˈni zər/, a miserly curmudgeon in Dickens’ Christmas Carol.
(often lowercase) any miserly person.
- a mean or miserly person
generic for “miser,” 1940, from curmudgeonly character in Dickens’ 1843 story “A Christmas Carol.” It does not appear to be a genuine English surname. Cf. scrounge.