- Eb·e·ne·zer [eb-uh-nee-zer] /ˌɛb əˈni zər/, a miserly curmudgeon in Dickens' Christmas Carol.
- (often lowercase) any miserly person.
Origin of Scrooge
1935–40, for def 2
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- a mean or miserly person
C19: after a character in Dickens' story A Christmas Carol (1843)
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Word Origin and History for ebenezer scrooge
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.
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