\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

Meantime, coastal rail planners continued to scrounge for every available tax dollar to replace one more bridge or add another segment of double track. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Nearly 40 years ago, another transportation vision emerged for San Diego," 19 June 2019 Godwin spent all of last year scrounging for targets, turning a 15.2% target share into top-25 numbers at the receiver position. Michael Beller,, "Fantasy Football: Aaron Jones, Chris Godwin Among Early 2019 Breakout Candidates," 11 June 2019 Now that the four-time scoring champ is unavailable, the Warriors could return to scrounging for points. Michael Shapiro,, "Can the Splash Brothers Pull Off One More Oracle Classic?," 13 June 2019 Jellyfish begin their lives much like their cousins, as sessile polyps anchored to the seafloor, scrounging for food in the passing currents. Quanta Magazine, "Jellyfish Genome Hints That Complexity Isn’t Genetically Complex," 8 Jan. 2019 The idea: Use the police as a temporary solution while officials scrounge up money to raise railings, put elevators inside station gates and lock emergency gates. Rachel Swan,, "BART ‘blitz’ on fare cheats gets results: More ticket sales, fewer police calls," 7 June 2019 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

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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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The first known use of scrounge was circa 1909

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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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