[ skwon-der ]
/ ˈskwɒn dər /

verb (used with object)

to spend or use (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully (often followed by away).
to scatter.


extravagant or wasteful expenditure.

Origin of squander

First recorded in 1585–95; origin uncertain

Related forms

squan·der·er, nounsquan·der·ing·ly, adverbre·squan·der, verb (used with object)un·squan·dered, adjective
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/ (ˈskwɒndə) /

verb (tr)

to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate
an obsolete word for scatter


rare extravagance or dissipation

Derived Forms

squanderer, noun

Word Origin for squander

C16: of unknown origin
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