[shnawr-er, shnohr-]
noun Slang.
a person who habitually borrows or lives at the expense of others with no intention of repaying; sponger; moocher; beggar.
Also, shnorrer.

1890–95; < Yiddish shnorer beggar, sponger, equivalent to shnor(n) to beg (compare Middle High German snurren to hum, buzz, whir; sense “beg” from beggars' custom of playing a small pipe or whistle (German Schnurrpfeife)) + -er -er1 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
schnorrer (ˈʃnɔːrə)
slang (US) a person who lives off the charity of others; professional beggar
[Yiddish, from German Schnurrer beggar (who played an instrument), from Middle High German snurren to hum]

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Word Origin & History

1892, from Yiddish, "beggar," from Ger. slang schnurrer, from schnurren "to go begging" (slang), perhaps ult. imitative of the sound of pleading or whining (e.g. sneer, snorkel, snarl).
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Slang Dictionary

schnorrer definition

  1. n.
    a beggar; a person who sponges off of friends and relatives. (Yiddish.) : Buy your own ciggies if you don't like mine. Shnorrers can't be choosers.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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