- Squander is defined as to be wasteful.
An example of squander is taking a bite out of every piece in a shared box of chocolates until finding one you like.
Origin: prob. a specialized use of dialect, dialectal squander, to scatter, popularized after Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, I, iii, 22
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transitive verb squan·dered, squan·der·ing, squan·ders
- To spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate. See Synonyms at waste.
- To fail to take advantage of; lose a chance for: squandered an opportunity to go to college.
- Obsolete To scatter.
Origin: Origin unknown.
- squanˈder·er noun
- squanˈder·ing·ly adverb