Schnorrer

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This article deals with the Yiddish term; for the air ace, see Karl Schnörrer

A schnorrer, also spelled shnorrer, is a Yiddish term meaning beggar or sponger. (The word schnorrer also occurs in German with the same meaning.) The English usage of the word denotes a sly chiseller who will get money out of you anyway he can, often through an air of entitlement.

The term is often, but not always, used in a negative sense.

It can also be used as a backhanded compliment to someone's perseverance, cleverness, or thrift. For instance, Azriel Hildesheimer, known for his travels around Europe to spread his rabbinical wisdom to the poor, and for his refusal to accept payment for his services, was sometimes referred to as the "international shnorrer" for his reliance on the local community to house and feed him wherever he went. Zangwill best described a schnorrer as a beggar who would chide you for not giving enough.

Schnorrers in film and literature

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