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

Definition of scrounge

transitive verb

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 Cable ratings skyrocketed, newspaper subscriptions soared, and podcasters never had to scrounge for topics. Washington Post, "Journalists, it’s time for a cold-turkey breakup with Trump," 15 Dec. 2020 Already, changing capital flows are remaking the global energy hierarchy, turning electric-vehicle companies with no revenue into Wall Street darlings and forcing oil and gas firms to scrounge for cash. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Investors Turn to SPACs for Clean-Energy Bets," 11 Dec. 2020 A couple of months ago, Cochran himself couldn’t even scrounge up a ring light from his supplier to give to his son’s third-grade teacher, newly ensconced on Zoom. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "Americans Got Tired of Looking Bad on Zoom," 19 Nov. 2020 That’s the only section that is open, a move intended to scrounge up sales. San Diego Union-Tribune, "COVID-19 shutdowns spark defiance and grim compliance among San Diego businesses," 14 Nov. 2020 The destruction across most of the city is also constant reminder that the country is struggling to scrounge for funds to pay for reconstruction. Washington Post, "Lebanon names Saad Hariri as prime minister, almost one year after he resigned," 22 Oct. 2020 Flights to nowhere are a desperate attempt by airlines to scrounge up sales. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "‘Flights to nowhere’ are popular. Experts explain the psychology behind the COVID-era concept," 11 Oct. 2020 The 49ers will scrounge up an ugly victory behind Nick Mullens, assuming the new turf at MetLife Stadium doesn’t circle back and finish off what’s left of their roster, which lost five players on that surface in last week’s win over the Jets. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Mark Craig's Week 3 picks against the spread," 24 Sep. 2020 Most schools have to scrounge for extra space because social distancing rules limit class sizes. Rachel Swan,, "The first day of kindergarten means going back to preschool for some Bay Area kids," 9 Sep. 2020

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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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27 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scrounge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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