- 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
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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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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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