- to spend or use (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully (often followed by away).
- to scatter.
- extravagant or wasteful expenditure.
Origin of squander
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Examples from the Web for squander
We need to tell our politicians to not squander our heritage.Honeywell CEO to Washington: Don’t Squander Our Heritage
October 18, 2013
On the other hand, if we let fear carry the day, we will squander another key moment to move forward together.Democrats Disagree on Fracking, and It's Starting to Show
April 26, 2013
Do we scale up effective intervention now and see a payoff in the next few years, or squander that opportunity?HIV/AIDS Funding Is in Jeopardy
December 1, 2012
I never knew him to take his time, squander words to be merely decorous.Christopher Hitchens Eulogized by Roya Hakakian
December 16, 2011
But he has chosen to squander them in ways that have offended me.America's Bad Boy Chef
June 13, 2010
What then have you done with the sums given you from infancy to squander?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Then he'll get a kind of maggot in the brain, and squander every sixpence he can lay hands on.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
There's no fun in spendin' money, seems to me, unless you squander it reckless.Mary Louise in the Country
L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
But now he was three years weaker, and he had no more money to squander.In a Little Town
I also squander it on follies, but on follies of purely home growth.A Hungarian Nabob
- to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate
- an obsolete word for scatter
- rare extravagance or dissipation
Word Origin and History for squander
1580s (implied in squandering), "to spend recklessly or prodigiously," of unknown origin; Shakespeare used it 1593 in "Merchant of Venice" with a sense of "to be scattered over a wide area." Squander-bug, a British symbol of reckless extravagance and waste during war-time shortages, represented as a devilish insect, was introduced January 1943 by the National Savings Committee. In U.S., Louis Ludlow coined squanderlust (1935) for the tendency of government bureaucracies to spend much money.