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also shnor·rer  (shnôr′ər)
n. Slang
One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others; a parasite.

[Yiddish shnorer, beggar, sponger, from shnorn, to beg, from Middle High German snurren, to hum, whir (from the sound of the musical instrument played by beggars).]
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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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or shnor•rer

(ˈʃnɔr ər, ˈʃnoʊr-)

n. Slang.
a person who lives at the expense of others; sponger; parasite.
[1890–95; < Yiddish shnorer beggar, sponger <shnor(n) to beg]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.schnorrer - (Yiddish) a scrounger who takes advantage of the generosity of others
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
cadger, mooch, moocher, scrounger - someone who mooches or cadges (tries to get something free)
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This was the golden age of beggardom, which begat a new kind of beggarthe "schnorrer." "Schnorrers" refer to those beggars who have an air of entitlement, as if they were exiled monarchs, gifts to civilization, who have the unfortunate position of having no money.
(8) Shown taking refuge from the Nazis with a Polish friend in 1942, "Herschel Schnorrer" (who is especially clearly identified with Pekar by the "On Strike Against NBC" t-.shirt that he wears in the final panel) stays in his friend's basement refuge from 1942 until 1990, to the friend's increasing frustration.
Vince Dubuque tells us in a introduction: Boris the Bum, The Piano Killer, Stompo, Hair Freak, Wrong-Way Russian, The Soviet Schmuck, Brooklyn's Curse, The Duke of Schnorrer, Left-Hand Louis, Wack-Off, Peach Sucker, O'Malley's Mouth, Lazarillo de Knishes, Garbage Face, Peyote Sipper, Foodpicker.
Other traditional tale elements, such as the beautiful maiden to be married and the schnorrer or visionary beggar, enhance curiosity and anticipation.