squander

[ skwon-der ]
/ ˈskwɒn dər /

verb (used with object)

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

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for squanderer

squander

/ (ˈskwɒndə) /

verb (tr)

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

noun

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

squander


v.

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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