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  1. extravagant or wasteful expenditure.

Origin of squander

First recorded in 1585–95; origin uncertain
Related formssquan·der·er, nounsquan·der·ing·ly, adverbre·squan·der, verb (used with object)un·squan·dered, adjective

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Antonyms for squander

1. save.
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verb (tr)
  1. to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate
  2. an obsolete word for scatter
  1. rare extravagance or dissipation
Derived Formssquanderer, noun

Word Origin for squander

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for squanderer



1580s (implied in squandering), "to spend recklessly or prodigiously," of unknown origin; Shakespeare used it 1593 in "Merchant of Venice" with a sense of "to be scattered over a wide area." Squander-bug, a British symbol of reckless extravagance and waste during war-time shortages, represented as a devilish insect, was introduced January 1943 by the National Savings Committee. In U.S., Louis Ludlow coined squanderlust (1935) for the tendency of government bureaucracies to spend much money.

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