scrounged; scrounging

transitive verb

: to get as needed by or as if by foraging, scavenging, or borrowing
scrounging enough money for a bus ticket
: 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
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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Word History


alteration of English dialect scrunge to wander about idly

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrounge was circa 1909

Dictionary Entries Near scrounge

Cite this Entry

“Scrounge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


scrounged; scrounging
: to collect by or as if by rummaging
scrounge around for firewood
: to get by coaxing or persuading
scrounge a dollar from a friend
scrounger noun

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