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[skwon-der] /ˈskwɒn dər/
verb (used with object)
to spend or use (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully (often followed by away).
to scatter.
extravagant or wasteful expenditure.
Origin of squander
First recorded in 1585-95; origin uncertain
Related forms
squanderer, noun
squanderingly, adverb
resquander, verb (used with object)
unsquandered, adjective
1. waste, dissipate, lavish. See spend.
1. save. Unabridged
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  • Did I not squander all my little gains for to get your rights in England?

    Faithful Margaret Annie Ashmore
  • And though you did squander a big sum of money, it is evident that you did not lose your head.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • But now, first of all, when we prepare to bring this evil to our homes, we squander away the wealth of our houses.

  • Willingly do they squander their money to get relief from an ever-present ailment.

    Intestinal Ills Alcinous Burton Jamison
  • It is very certain that he did not squander them in riotous living.

    Christopher Carson John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for squander


verb (transitive)
to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate
an obsolete word for scatter
(rare) extravagance or dissipation
Derived Forms
squanderer, noun
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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