What does squander mean?

Definitions for squanderˈskwɒn dər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word squander.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. waste, blow, squander(verb)

    spend thoughtlessly; throw away

    "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"

  2. consume, squander, waste, ware(verb)

    spend extravagantly

    "waste not, want not"


  1. squander(Verb)

    To waste, lavish, splurge

Webster Dictionary

  1. Squander(verb)

    to scatter; to disperse

  2. Squander(verb)

    to spend lavishly or profusely; to spend prodigally or wastefully; to use without economy or judgment; to dissipate; as, to squander an estate

  3. Squander(verb)

    to spend lavishly; to be wasteful

  4. Squander(verb)

    to wander at random; to scatter

  5. Squander(noun)

    the act of squandering; waste


  1. Squander

    Squander is an Avalon Hill board game published in 1965. It is based loosely on the game Monopoly, but in reverse. As in Monopoly, players roll dice and move around a board, encountering opportunities to make financial decisions. The object, however, is to lose money rather than gain it. Each player starts with a million "Squanderbucks" and the winner is the first player to become bankrupt.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Squander

    skwon′dėr, v.t. to spend lavishly or wastefully: to waste money or powers.—n. Squan′derer.—adv. Squan′deringly, in a squandering manner, by squandering. [Skeat explains as a nasalised form of Lowland Scotch squatter, to splash water about, prov. Eng. swatter, to throw water about. These are frequentatives from Dan. sqvatte, to splash, spurt, squander; Sw. sqvätta, to squirt, Ice. skvetta, to squirt out water.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of squander in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of squander in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Walter Savage Landor:

    The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.

  2. Benjamin Franklin:

    Dost thou love life Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.

  3. Benjamin Franklin:

    Dost thou love life? Than do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.

  4. Benjamin Franklin:

    Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

  5. Todd Fithian:

    I've seen people with very little to give do things in an extremely meaningful way, and I've seen people with $1 billion, squander it and fail.

Images & Illustrations of squander

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Translations for squander

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • vergeuden, verprassen, verschwendenGerman
  • derrochar, despilfarrar, farrear, malbaratarSpanish
  • haaskata, törsätä, tuhlataFinnish
  • gaspiller, gâcher, dilapiderFrench
  • 使い尽くす, 乱費, 浪費Japanese
  • helluorLatin
  • whakapauMāori
  • verkwanselen, verspillen, verbrassenDutch
  • ødsleNorwegian
  • разбазарить, расточить, растранжи́рить, разбазаривать, растрачивать, транжи́рить, растратить, проматывать, расточать, промотатьRussian
  • slösaSwedish
  • ufujajiSwahili

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