- 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 squanderer
In contact with his own family Walter was no squanderer of words.Alice Adams
There never was such a squanderer of his own immeasurable riches.In the Days of Poor Richard
A hundred people would lend me money, or to any man who has not the reputation of a squanderer.The Journal to Stella
Consider, Fixlein knew that the Rittmeister was a cormorant towards the poor, as he was a squanderer towards the rich.Translations from the German (Vol 3 of 3)
He seems to have deviated from the common practice; to have been a hoarder in his first years, and a squanderer in his last.Lives of the English Poets: Waller, Milton, Cowley
- to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate
- an obsolete word for scatter
- rare extravagance or dissipation
Word Origin and History for squanderer
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.