\ 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

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 All those aboard had managed to scrounge together $250 for the trip to the United States — a small fortune in a country where a majority of the population lives on less than $2 a day. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2021 The allocation was an about-face for conservationists, who would no longer — at least for a few years — have to scrounge for cash to buy important parcels. Kevin Spear,, 2 Dec. 2021 Both sides have launched door-knocking campaigns, trying to scrounge enough votes for victory during an election at an unusual time of year, when Midtown voters may not be motivated to fill out their ballots. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Oct. 2021 He was forced to scrounge through the scrap bin of the research facilities and cobbled together a primitive scanning machine - small enough to rest atop a dining table. Edmund S. Higgins, The Conversation, 30 Sep. 2021 Even after they were established in a troupe, performers of color sometimes had to scrounge for understudies while their white counterparts were supported with a network of available actors. New York Times, 9 Aug. 2021 Generous turbo whistles are ever-present, as if the impeller is determined to scrounge up every possible bit of air and cram it through the intake. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2021 For seven innings in the series finale, the Red Sox couldn’t scrounge a hit off Domingo German, and the Yankees looked poised to earn a split and perhaps gain some momentum in the AL East., 27 July 2021 Although the company’s once-mighty fleet of toy stores is long gone, a bankruptcy trust set up to scrounge up money for unpaid suppliers is still around, as a vehicle for litigation. Peg Brickley, WSJ, 5 May 2021

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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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28 Dec 2021

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“Scrounge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of scrounge

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

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