What do you squander the most of


[ skwon-der ]

/ ˈskwɒn dər /


verb (used with object)

to spend or use (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully (often followed by away).

to scatter.


extravagant or wasteful expenditure.

Words nearby squander

squamous metaplasia of amnion, squamous odontogenic tumor, squamous suture, squamozygomatic, squamulose, squander, squanto, square, square and rabbet, square away, square bracket

Origin of squander

First recorded in 1585–95; origin uncertain


squan·der·er, nounsquan·der·ing·ly, adverbre·squan·der, verb (used with object)un·squan·dered, adjective

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Examples from the Web for squander

  • We need to tell our politicians to not squander our heritage.

    Honeywell CEO to Washington: Don’t Squander Our Heritage|Dave Cote|October 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST

  • On the other hand, if we let fear carry the day, we will squander another key moment to move forward together.

    Democrats Disagree on Fracking, and It's Starting to Show|Ilana Glazer|April 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST

  • Do we scale up effective intervention now and see a payoff in the next few years, or squander that opportunity?

    HIV/AIDS Funding Is in Jeopardy|Matthew Zeitlin|December 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST

  • I never knew him to take his time, squander words to be merely decorous.

    Christopher Hitchens Eulogized by Roya Hakakian|Roya Hakakian|December 16, 2011|DAILY BEAST

  • But he has chosen to squander them in ways that have offended me.

    America's Bad Boy Chef|Jacob Bernstein|June 13, 2010|DAILY BEAST

  • And are you going to alter Jean's share too, so that this precious Vernon fellow may have something to squander?

    The Prodigal Father|J. Storer Clouston

  • Oh, why had she squandered, or allowed Stan to squander, those good round sovereigns of Hallowell and Smith's!

    A Crooked Mile|Oliver Onions

  • His successor and namesake did his best to squander away his fortune of thirty thousand pounds a year.

    Nooks and Corners of Old England|Allan Fea

  • "But dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of," as poor Richard says.

    The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, [Vol 3 of 3]|Benjamin Franklin

  • They also squander virtues and reputation and aptitudes and opportunities.

    Living for the Best|James G. K. McClure

British Dictionary definitions for squander



to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate

an obsolete word for scatter


rareextravagance or dissipation

Derived forms of squander

squanderer, noun

Word Origin for squander

C16: of unknown origin

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Words related to squander

blow, misuse, expend, waste, lavish, trifle, consume, spend, dissipate, misspend, scatter, frivol