often capitalized
: a miserly person

Example Sentences

her father is a real scrooge and refuses to pay her way through college, even though he can easily afford it
Recent Examples on the Web The trailer begins with Clarke as a disillusioned scrooge who hates her job as an elf at the local Christmas shop. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2019 And blue America’s bitter scrooges impatiently explained why this outpouring of corporate largesse was actually bad. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, 21 Dec. 2017

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Word History


Ebenezer Scrooge, character in the story A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrooge was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Scrooge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


often capitalized
: a miserly person
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