- 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
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Examples from the Web for scrooge
Bob Cratchit, the clerk who is the father of Tiny Tim and who meekly serves Scrooge, is paid fifteen shillings a week.
Finally, a score or so of films have been made of the story, some called A Christmas Carol and others, simply, Scrooge.
Scrooge is still with us, not just in print but embodied in the cold hearts and selfish calculations of misanthropes everywhere.
My favorite is the 1951 version starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge.
It took visits from the ghosts of Christmas for Scrooge to embrace generosity.The GOP Decides to Play Scrooge as Millions Lose Benefits
December 24, 2013
I know personally one of them, who is a Scrooge, and of the vilest.The Book of Khalid
"I don't see what Democracy has to do with it," said Scrooge.
"If you are waiting for that, you will wait a long time," said Scrooge.
The clerk promised that he would; and Scrooge walked out with a growl.
Scrooge closed the window, and examined the door by which the Ghost had entered.
- a mean or miserly person
C19: after a character in Dickens' story A Christmas Carol (1843)
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Word Origin and History for 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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