schnor·​rer ˈshnȯr-ər How to pronounce schnorrer (audio)
: beggar
especially : one who wheedles others into supplying his or her wants

Examples of schnorrer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mel Brooks, who had an office adjacent to Grant’s at Universal, and who began with a slobbering fan-like admiration for him, after a few lunches together dismissed him as a schnorrer—Yiddish for freeloader, beggar, cheapskate—and ceased taking his phone calls. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, 16 Oct. 2020 For ancient Greek and Roman satirists, the term denoted what many of us now assume to be the figurative meaning: a sponger, a schnorrer, a person dining at someone else’s table, at someone else’s expense. Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, 5 Dec. 2022

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Word History


Yiddish shnorer

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of schnorrer was in 1875

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“Schnorrer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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