Origin of squanderprobably a specialized use of dialect, dialectal squander, to scatter, popularized after Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, I, iii
An example of squander is taking a bite out of every piece in a shared box of chocolates until finding one you like.
transitive verbsquan·dered, squan·der·ing, squan·ders
- To spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate. See Synonyms at waste.
- To fail to take advantage of: squandered an opportunity to go to college.
- Archaic To scatter.
Origin of squanderOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present squanders, present participle squandering, simple past and past participle squandered)
Squander implies starting with many resources, such as great wealth, and then wasting them (using them up to little purpose or little effect), often ending with little. Particularly used in phrases such as “squander an opportunity" or “squander an inheritance". It may be used even if one starts with little, though usually in some construction such as “squander what little he had".
Compare Danish skvÃ¦tte (rare)/skvatte (“to splash") (nominalised: skvÃ¦t), Icelandic skvetta (“to squirt"), Norwegian bokmÃ¥l skvette.
- In spite of his somewhat extravagant living, he left an ample fortune to his spendthrift son, who did his best to squander it as soon as possible.
- When you go to Las Vegas, try not to squander your money in the casinos. Go see a show!
- Amelia tried her hardest not to squander her attention on people that would not return it.
- Do not squander the time you have for the test because there are many questions to answer.
- Tim took a class on financial matters so he would not squander the cash he recently won in the lottery.