• v. To get something for free, to mooch.

  • v. To beg, to request money.

Example Sentences

  • "You know he's going to try to get you to drive him again today--he's always schnorring rides."

  • "To many, this is a pejorative term,

    implying begging to be a negative attribute. 'Schnorring' is also a respectable and honorable profession –

    that of fundraising. Many organizations would never remain viable except for the efforts of their member “schnorrers” or the efforts of professional fundraisers." (source)

  • "No schnorring! I refuse to ask anyone for even a shekel."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • שנאָר(ע)ן shnor(e)n 'beg, go begging' (verbal stem is שנאָר shnor)

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
      • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).

      Alternative Spellings

      shnorr, schnor, shnor


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