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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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Examples from the Web for squanderer
Historical Examples
  • In contact with his own family Walter was no squanderer of words.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • There never was such a squanderer of his own immeasurable riches.

    In the Days of Poor Richard

    Irving Bacheller
  • A hundred people would lend me money, or to any man who has not the reputation of a squanderer.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • Consider, Fixlein knew that the Rittmeister was a cormorant towards the poor, as he was a squanderer towards the rich.

  • He seems to have deviated from the common practice; to have been a hoarder in his first years, and a squanderer in his last.

  • I had once been made the subject of a paragraph entitled: "A squanderer of his wife's fortune."

    The Confession of a Fool August Strindberg
  • I squander what is given me, a squanderer with a thousand hands: how could I call that—sacrificing?

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
British Dictionary definitions for squanderer


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
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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