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shnorrer

[shnawr-er, shnohr-]
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  1. schnorrer.

schnorrer

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[shnawr-er, shnohr-]
noun Slang.
  1. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for shnorrer

schnorrer

noun
  1. 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 shnorrer

schnorrer

n.

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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