scrounge

verb
\ ˈskrau̇nj How to pronounce scrounge (audio) \
scrounged; scrounging

Definition of scrounge

transitive verb

1 : steal, swipe
2a : to get as needed by or as if by foraging, scavenging, or borrowing scrounging enough money for a bus ticket
b : finagle, wheedle often used with up

intransitive verb

: to search about and turn up something needed from whatever source is available also : to actively seek money, work, or sustenance from any available source

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Other Words from scrounge

scrounger noun

Examples of scrounge in a Sentence

I managed to scrounge enough money for a bus ticket. He's always scrounging off his friends instead of paying for things himself. We scrounged around for firewood. We managed to scrounge some firewood.
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Everything from multiplayer battles to scrounging for items or figuring out clues feels more dynamic and engaging with other people joining in. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Fallout 76 lets you bring some company to the Apocalypse," 8 Oct. 2018 Such abuses of power are becoming more common as police departments scrounge for cash to pad their budgets and view forfeiture as a honey pot. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Fines and Punishment," 29 Nov. 2018 Thus, school districts across the Golden State are scrounging to keep the lights on. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Unions in La-La Land," 14 Jan. 2019 Other travelers, also visibly bewildered, started scrounging around in their bags for errant packs of Goldfish and squashed energy bars. Martine Powers, Anchorage Daily News, "TSA screeners nibbling away at travelers' patience. This time over snacks.," 2 July 2018 Other travelers, also visibly bewildered, started scrounging around in their bags for errant packs of Goldfish and squashed energy bars. Martine Powers, Anchorage Daily News, "TSA screeners nibbling away at travelers' patience. This time over snacks.," 2 July 2018 The organizers take pity on us and pull an extra table over and scrounge up two chairs. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Why the 'Gilmore Girls' Fan Festival Is the Ultimate Friends Weekend Getaway," 26 Oct. 2018 Employers are scrounging for workers with job openings hitting a record high of 6.9 million in July. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Income Bump," 12 Sep. 2018 Most freelancers are just working, finding jobs, scrounging for work on their own, maybe assisted by the internet, but not directed by their phones to act. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Temp’ author Louis Hyman on Recode Decode," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of scrounge

circa 1909, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for scrounge

alteration of English dialect scrunge to wander about idly

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scrounge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scrounge

: to persuade someone to give you (something) for free
US : to get or find something by looking in different places, asking different people, etc.

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