scrooge

noun

often capitalized
: a miserly person

Examples of scrooge in a Sentence

her father is a real scrooge and refuses to pay her way through college, even though he can easily afford it
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Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrooge. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

scrooge

noun
often capitalized
: a miserly person
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