A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
generic for "miser," 1940, from curmudgeonly character in Dickens' 1843 story "A Christmas Carol." It does not appear to be a genuine English surname. Cf. scrounge.
[1940+; fr the Dickens character in the 1843 story A Christmas Carol]
[ultimately fr late 16th-century scruze, ''squeeze,'' perhaps a blend of screw and squeeze]