• 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."

  • "If someone's collecting for himself, he ought to get a job. If someone's collecting for an institution, the institution needs your money. If the collector would try to earn the money instead of shnoring it, the institution would never get what it needs." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • שנאָרען shnoren

    • 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, shnorn, shnorren, shnoren, schnorn, schnorren, schnoren


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