Definition of scrounge
: 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
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.
Recent Examples of scrounge from the Web
The Braves don’t plan to rely on retreads much longer, but the ability to scrounge should never be underrated.
The future is still a little cloudy for the North Carolina native, who still has to scrounge for sponsorship money.
They’ve scrounged used jackets to withstand Bogota’s damp, Andean climate.
Her challenger, Rep. Tim Ryan D-Ohio, could only scrounge together fewer than half of the votes that Pelosi got.
The large, constricting black pine snake prefers to lounge in open pinelands and scrounge around for a meal of mice, rats, squirrels, birds or eggs.
But behind the scenes, McFarland was scrounging for funds.
But behind the scenes, Mr. McFarland was scrounging for funds.
Good luck scrounging up 1600 calories a day drinking pond- or sea water.
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Origin and Etymology of scrounge
alteration of English dialect scrunge to wander about idly
First Known Use: circa 1909See Words from the same year
SCROUNGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scrounge for English Language Learners
: 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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