Eb·e·ne·zer [eb-uh-nee-zer] /ˌɛb əˈni zər/, a miserly curmudgeon in Dickens' Christmas Carol.
(often lowercase) any miserly person.

Origin of Scrooge

1935–40, for def 2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ebenezer scrooge



a mean or miserly person

Word Origin for Scrooge

C19: after a character in Dickens' story A Christmas Carol (1843)
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Word Origin and History for ebenezer scrooge



generic for "miser," 1940, from curmudgeonly character in Dickens' 1843 story "A Christmas Carol." It does not appear to be a genuine English surname. Cf. scrounge.

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