The word Scrooge dates back to the 1800s and has a literary origin. We will examine the meaning of the term Scrooge, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

A Scrooge is someone who is a cheapskate or a miser, someone who shuns Christmas, fun and celebrations. The word Scrooge is derived from the literary character Ebenezer Scrooge, created by Charles Dickens in his 1843 novel A Christmas Carol. In the story, Scrooge is a miser who shuns the celebration of Christmas in all ways, but through the intervention of three ghosts he comes to understand the spirit of giving and joy that is Christmas. Interestingly, by the end of the story Ebenezer Scrooge is transformed, and no longer a Scrooge as defined today. Scrooge has become a word that stands on its own to mean someone who is miserly, shuns Christmas and any human joy. Scrooge is not an actual British surname, it was coined by Dickens. Note that the noun Scrooge is rendered with a capital letter, as it is coined from a proper noun.


Square Mile lobby group TheCityUK branded Mr Barnier a “Scrooge” for ruling out a bespoke agreement for cross-border frictionless trade between banks and other financial firms. (The Telegraph)

The councillor added: “We don’t charge for any other Sunday of the year and I think this shows a Scrooge-like mentality, to be charging in the four weeks leading up to Christmas.” (The Belfast Telegraph)

PETER Kyle has been branded a Scrooge for turning down a request for funds from his constituency party. (The Argus Magazine)

If you complain about either, you’re not just a Scrooge, but missing the entire point of the holidays. (The New Haven Register)

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