squander

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v squander spend extravagantly "waste not, want not"
    • v squander spend thoughtlessly; throw away "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends","You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Squander The act of squandering; waste.
    • Squander To scatter; to disperse. "Our squandered troops he rallies."
    • Squander To spend lavishly or profusely; to spend prodigally or wastefully; to use without economy or judgment; to dissipate; as, to squander an estate. "The crime of squandering health is equal to the folly."
    • Squander To spend lavishly; to be wasteful. "They often squandered , but they never gave."
    • Squander To wander at random; to scatter. "The wise man's folly is anatomized
      Even by squandering glances of the fool."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • squander To scatter; disperse.
    • squander To spend lavishly, profusely, or prodigally; dissipate; use without economy or judgment; lavish: as, to squander one's money or an estate.
    • squander To disperse; wander aimlessly; go at random.
    • squander To waste one's substance; go to wasteful expense; spend recklessly.
    • n squander The act of squandering.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Squander skwon′dėr to spend lavishly or wastefully: to waste money or powers
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Quotations

  • Marcus Valerius Martial
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    “I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.”
  • John Mason Brown
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    “The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.”
  • William Cowper
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    “Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
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    “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
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    “Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
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    “The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Scot. squatter, to splash water about, to scatter, to squander, Prov. E. swatter, Dan. sqvatte, Sw. sqvätta, to squirt, sqvättra, to squander, Icel. skvetta, to squirt out, to throw out water
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Skeat explains as a nasalised form of Lowland Scotch squatter, to splash water about, prov. Eng. swatter, to throw water about. These are frequentatives from Dan. sqvatte, to splash, spurt, squander; Sw. sqvätta, to squirt, Ice. skvetta, to squirt out water.

Usage

In literature:

The moral of this pitifully squandered life needs no pointing out.
"Love affairs of the Courts of Europe" by Thornton Hall
I detest that one should squander money on flowers for me.
"The Pretty Lady" by Arnold E. Bennett
Mrs Browning squandered her enthusiasms with less discretion.
"Robert Browning" by Edward Dowden
They did not squander information on us or satisfy our curiosity, if they could help it.
"Three Times and Out" by Nellie L. McClung
She squandered her fortune, she avenged the first Mme.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
He needs to regard his life with all its powers as God's investment, which he must not squander or pervert.
"The Minister and the Boy" by Allan Hoben
You've got too much ability to squander it in that sort of thing.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
No man has a right, either moral or legal, to destroy or squander an inheritance of his children that he holds for them in trust.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
By economizing the time of the public, they may squander their own good repute.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXIX. January, 1844. Vol. LV." by Various
They have never squandered the money of their people in such a phantom expedition as we have been engaged in.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
He trusted largely to Berry; and Berry rapidly squandered the profits of the business in riotous living.
"McClure's Magazine, Volume VI, No. 3. February 1896" by Various
More spilling of blood, more useless squandering of human life!
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
Young Jack Careless squandered his property, and now he is without a shoe to his foot.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
A strong lesson to hinder any one from squandering away his patrimony.
"The Works of Horace" by Horace
The wood-chopper frequently squanders this precious store.
"In the Catskills" by John Burroughs
The soulless thing whose motor sole is Self, Squanders, as well as snatches, sordid pelf.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 102, Jan. 9, 1892" by Various
It is our own affair whether we squander or economise their use.
"The Dangerous Age" by Karin Michaëlis
His two companions speedily squandered their earnings in all kinds of extravagant and senseless revelry.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
Her tastes don't lie like those of other women in the direction of squandering money.
"Red Money" by Fergus Hume
Seventy-five cents, in the present state of her finances, was a good deal to squander on a meal.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
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In poetry:

One round of pleasure and squandering
—For to-morrow, he had no fears.
He was wallowing in money—
He'd been " On the dole " for years!
"Limehouse Liz (Of Lambeth)" by T W Connor
"I have listened to soft, low laughter
In islands beyond the sea,
I have squandered a life — hereafter
What gifts have the Gods for me ?”
"The Wander Lust" by R S Ward
Gone are the fair old dreams, and one by one,
As, one by one, the means to reach them went,
As, one by one, the stars in riot and disgrace,
I squandered what . . .
"I Now, O Friend, Whom Noiselessly The Snows" by Robert Louis Stevenson
So once it was with us, my heart ! To-day
We will be glad because the leaves are green,
Because the fields are fair and soft with May,
Nor think on squandered springtimes that have been.
"The Old Poet" by Amy Levy
Youth that trafficked long with Death,
And to second life returns,
Squanders little time or breath
On his fellow—man's concerns.
Earned peace is all he asks
To fulfill his broken tasks.
"The Expert" by Rudyard Kipling
I know not where she wandered, or went in after days,
Or if her youth she squandered in Love's more doubtful ways.
Perhaps, beside the river, she died, still young and fair;
Perchance the grasses quiver above her slumber there.
"Kotri," by Laurence Hope

In news:

Is Robert Rodriguez squandering his talent.
We don't mean dollars, though those are being squandered by the billions.
TU squanders scoring chances in 18th straight loss to Arkansas.
Lamar squanders another close call .
Squandered resources shortchanging DC youths.
Squandered resources shortchanging young offenders.
Drew squandered his 20s on sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.
You squandered the opportunity of Black Friday.
The New Orleans Saints lost their third straight game Sunday, their second one at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, falling to Kansas City in overtime after squandering a 24-6 third quarter lead.
Most of that has been squandered.
Call and Post Editorials Now is not the time for us to squander history.
Ducks squander opportunities at WCWS.
Sounders squander lead in Honduras.
Sooners squander lead, hold on to win.
Carolina Panthers squander lead, fall to Chicago Bears.
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