Word of the Day: Scrooge

Scrooge or scrooge

scrooge / skro͞oj

 

noun

1. one who is miserly, stingy or selfish

Within one’s own family, money is not the measure of things, unless the person is an absolute Scrooge.

Margaret Atwood, 1939 –

 

etymology

From the made-up name of the tightfisted, hardhearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ novel “A Christmas Carol”, perhaps inspired by the British dialect verb scrouge (press tight, squeeze, put the screws to).

Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.