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scrooge

[skrooj] /skrudʒ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), scrooged, scrooging.
1.

Scrooge

[skrooj] /skrudʒ/
noun
1.
Ebenezer
[eb-uh-nee-zer] /ˌɛb əˈni zər/ (Show IPA)
a miserly curmudgeon in Dickens' Christmas Carol.
2.
(often lowercase) any miserly person.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40, for def 2
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British Dictionary definitions for scrooge

Scrooge

/skruːdʒ/
noun
1.
a mean or miserly person
Word Origin
C19: after a character in Dickens' story A Christmas Carol (1843)
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Word Origin and History for scrooge

Scrooge

n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scrooge

scrooch

Related Terms

scrunch


Scrooge

noun
  1. A miser; pinchpenny, tightwad
  2. Aspoiler of Christmas; grinch

[1940+; fr the Dickens character in the 1843 story A Christmas Carol]


scrunch

verb
  1. To squeeze oneself into a tighter space: I scrunched into the corner and covered my ears/ She scrooged over and patted the sofa beside her. Ooch over (entry form 1844+)
  2. To squeeze: He scrunched the paper into a ball (1880+)

[ultimately fr late 16th-century scruze, ''squeeze,'' perhaps a blend of screw and squeeze]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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