Alternative Spellings

shnorrer, schnorer, shnorer


  • a begger, a parasite. "A moocher" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "That man comes around all the time - what a schnorrer!" -my former boss said that of a man who always came to events for the food when it was free.

Languages of Origin



שנאָרער shnorer

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


North America


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).

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