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cadge

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verb \ˈkaj\

Simple Definition of cadge

  • : to persuade someone to give you (something) for free

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cadge

cadgedcadging

  1. :  beg, sponge <cadge a free cup of coffee>

cadger noun

Examples of cadge in a sentence

  1. She cadged money from her sister.



Did You Know?

As long ago as the 1400s, peddlers traveled the British countryside, each with a packhorse or a horse and cart, first carrying produce from rural farms to town markets, then returning with small wares to sell to country folk. The Middle English name for such traders was "cadgear"; Scottish dialects rendered the term as "cadger." Etymologists are pretty sure the verb "cadge" was created as a back-formation of "cadger" (which is to say, it was formed by removal of the "-er" suffix). At its most general, cadger meant "carrier," and the verb cadge meant "to carry." More specifically, the verb meant to go about as a cadger or peddler. By the 1800s, it was used when someone who posed as a peddler turned out to be more of a beggar, from which arose our present-day use.

Origin of cadge

back-formation from Scots cadger carrier, huckster, from Middle English cadgear


First Known Use: circa 1812

Rhymes with cadge


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