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[shnawr-er, shnohr-] /ˈʃnɔr ər, ˈʃnoʊr-/
noun, Slang.
a person who habitually borrows or lives at the expense of others with no intention of repaying; sponger; moocher; beggar.
Origin of schnorrer
1890-95; < Yiddish shnorer beggar, sponger, equivalent to shnor(n) to beg (compare Middle High German snurren to hum, buzz, whir; sense “beg” from beggars' custom of playing a small pipe or whistle (German Schnurrpfeife)) + -er -er1 Unabridged
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(US, slang) a person who lives off the charity of others; professional beggar
Word Origin
Yiddish, from German Schnurrer beggar (who played an instrument), from Middle High German snurren to hum
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Word Origin and History for schnorrer

1892, from Yiddish, "beggar," from German slang schnurrer, from schnurren "to go begging" (slang), perhaps ultimately imitative of the sound of pleading or whining (e.g. sneer, snorkel, snarl).

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Slang definitions & phrases for schnorrer



  1. A beggar, esp one who counts parasitically on a family or community; moocher, sponge: ''Hooray for Captain Spaulding, the African explorer!'' ''Did someone call me schnorrer?'' (1892+)
  2. A person who habitually haggles; niggard

[fr Yiddish shnorrer]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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