Definition of Scrooge-like in English:



  • (of a person or their behaviour) mean with money; miserly.

    ‘civic leaders were branded Scrooge-like for axeing their festive budget’
    • ‘The venerable toy firm today issued interim figures that would please even the most Scrooge-like of investors.’
    • ‘It won't be a Scrooge-like Christmas in our house after all.’
    • ‘However, Scrooge-like Post Office executives are insisting that branch offices should remain open until 4pm this year.’
    • ‘Giving gifts was only de-emphasized by the Scrooge-like Victorians who tried to cut down on expenses.’
    • ‘The problem is the Scrooge-like approach of too many traders.’
    • ‘Did he not wish to been seen as Scrooge-like, withholding money that is currently earmarked for the least wealthy in the community?’
    • ‘The office Christmas party is in decline, with fears of litigation and Scrooge-like attitudes dampening the traditional festive atmosphere.’
    • ‘He maintains a Scrooge-like demeanour to make it clear he's not feeling festive - and that you shouldn't either.’
    • ‘The US is also hardly Scrooge-like on defence spending.’
    • ‘"What sort of Scrooge-like puritanism is coming from some of my colleagues that they don't want to have fun in their own neighbourhood?"’


1970s: from the miserly character Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens's novel A Christmas Carol (1843).