schnorrer (SHNOR-rer) listen


  • n. A beggar, a parasite, a moocher.

Example Sentences

  • "That man comes around all the time--what a schnorrer!" (said of a man who always came to events for the food when it was free)

  • "Then there’s the story of the schnorrer who made a nuisance of himself by calling at the home of a rich merchant every evening, just in time for dinner." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • שנאָרער shnorer

    • Who Uses This

      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


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


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      shnorrer, schnorer, shnorer


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