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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).]


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]


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]
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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Thereby, the entire force is transduced from the muscle to the skeleton," Frank Schnorrer describes.
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Zangwill described Pinchas as a comic character and a schnorrer with not very high morals.
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.
And when an American "exile Jew" - an utterly contemptuous term for Jews abroad - a professional schnorrer, who considers it a great honor to support him, comes and offers him all the goodies, the temptation is just too great.
With his thick New York accent and unkempt appearance, he looks and sounds more like a common schnorrer than the man Allen Ginsberg called "a poet's poet.
blessed with naches, for being such a schnorrer my wife hides her purse
the schnorrer (beggar), and gain insights into his character.
Ralph Pomeroy also made the pilgrimage and, schnorrer that he was, stayed on for months, though Elsa never approved of him, sensing too well the old sexual relationship between him and her husband.
One learned, for example, how to distinguish between the schlemiel and his ever-present cousin the schlimazel, and the lengths that a schnorrer ("shameless beggar") would go to wangle a meal.
Indeed, it was Davis's reputation as a latter-day Cranston, the supreme schnorrer of Left Coast politics, that scared off his potential Democratic rivals in 1998.