Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others; a parasite.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Among German Jews, a beggar; a tramp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Among the Jews, a beggar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun sponger (person who takes advantage of the generosity of others)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (Yiddish) a scrounger who takes advantage of the generosity of others

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Yiddish shnorer, beggar, sponger, from shnorn, to beg, from Middle High German snurren, to hum, whir (from the sound of the musical instrument played by beggars).]

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Yiddish שנאָֹרער (shnorer) or German Schnorrer

Examples

  • No longer would anyone dare to call him the city's greatest schnorrer.

    Len Levitt: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: An NYPD Fable

  • Nice reference to ‘Northern Exposure’ in the schnorrer wiki entry.

    BNYSC Friday Fun Quiz!

  • As for the schnorrer producers of Mad Men - well, I hope their free lunch will soon be over.

    Hollywood Rips off the NY Public Library

  • As for the schnorrer producers of Mad Men - well, I hope their free lunch will soon be over.

    Adam Hanft: Hollywood Rips off the NY Public Library

  • Anyway, it's worth the price of admission to hear the line "Did someone call me schnorrer?" from "Hooray For Captain Spaulding" sung by a bunch of goyim moppets.

    Mad Dogs and Gorilla Men

  • No longer would anyone dare to call him the city's greatest schnorrer.

    Len Levitt: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: An NYPD Fable

  • Once I was finished, though, I started feeling acutely aware of the fact that I was basically just a schnorrer taking advantage of both Sotheby's and LiveStrong for free food and shelter from the rain.

    From the BSNYC Culture Desk: "It's About the Bike" Auction

  • Once I was finished, though, I started feeling acutely aware of the fact that I was basically just a schnorrer taking advantage of both Sotheby's and LiveStrong for free food and shelter from the rain.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • What we really itch to do, Abe, is to act the way a man would act if he gives somebody food and shelter in his home, and, as soon as such a _schnorrer_ feels refreshed by what he has eaten and the good bed he has slept in, he turns on his host and, after insulting the members of the household, tries to wreck the furniture and set the house on fire.

    Potash and Perlmutter Settle Things

  • "The End of the Revolution" appeared as reports emerged of a single schnorrer (Bernard Madoff) gouging 50 billion dollars from the smartest investors on Wall St. Foreclosures continue to force millions out of their homes, unemployment rates rose each month and the country's infrastructure rots and cracks.

    CounterPunch

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