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schnorrer

or shnor·rer

[ shnawr-er, shnohr- ]
/ ˈʃnɔr ər, ˈʃnoʊr- /
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noun Slang.
a person who habitually borrows or lives at the expense of others with no intention of repaying; sponger; moocher; beggar.
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Origin of schnorrer

First recorded in 1890–95; from Yiddish shnorer “sponger, moocher,” equivalent to shnor(n) “to beg” (compare Middle High German snurren “to hum, buzz, whir”); sense “beg” from beggars' custom of playing a small pipe or whistle (German Schnurrpfeife ) + -er -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for schnorrer

schnorrer
/ (ˈʃnɔːrə) /

noun
US slang a person who lives off the charity of others; professional beggar

Word Origin for schnorrer

Yiddish, from German Schnurrer beggar (who played an instrument), from Middle High German snurren to hum
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