or shnor·rer

[shnawr-er, shnohr-]

noun Slang.

a person who habitually borrows or lives at the expense of others with no intention of repaying; sponger; moocher; beggar.

Origin of schnorrer

1890–95; < Yiddish shnorer beggar, sponger, 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Word Origin and History for schnorrer

1892, from Yiddish, "beggar," from German slang schnurrer, from schnurren "to go begging" (slang), perhaps ultimately imitative of the sound of pleading or whining (e.g. sneer, snorkel, snarl).

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