AskDefine | Define scrooge

Dictionary Definition

scrooge n : a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend [syn: niggard, skinflint, churl]

User Contributed Dictionary



The use of the word came from the name of the character, Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens book: “A Christmas Carol”, and was thus used to describe someone who acted like the character in the book.


  1. A miserly, selfish person.
  2. Ebenezer Scrooge, a character in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.


miserly, selfish person

Extensive Definition

Scrooge is the surname of Ebenezer Scrooge, the selfish and miserly protagonist of Charles Dickens' 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. "Scrooge" has since come into general usage as a term for any person who is stingy, antisocial, or lacking in "Christmas spirit." In the story he is visited by the three spirits of Christmas.
Scrooge can refer to:
Scrooge can also refer to:
  • Scrooge McDuck, a Disney cartoon character who also bears a miserly personality
  • RT-20 (NATO reporting name: SS-15 Scrooge), an intercontinental ballistic missile developed by the Soviet Union
scrooge in Italian: Scrooge
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