scrounge

verb
\ˈskrau̇nj \
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

Other travelers, also visibly bewildered, started scrounging around in their bags for errant packs of Goldfish and squashed energy bars. Martine Powers, Anchorage Daily News, "TSA screeners nibbling away at travelers' patience. This time over snacks.," 2 July 2018 Other travelers, also visibly bewildered, started scrounging around in their bags for errant packs of Goldfish and squashed energy bars. Martine Powers, Anchorage Daily News, "TSA screeners nibbling away at travelers' patience. This time over snacks.," 2 July 2018 Other travelers, also visibly bewildered, started scrounging around in their bags for errant packs of Goldfish and squashed energy bars. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "It started with your shoes, then your water. Now the TSA wants your snacks.," 29 June 2018 Meanwhile, New Yorkers—particularly low-income residents who couldn’t easily relocate to less affected areas of the city—were forced to scrounge for food. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018 All had left their homes and scrounged for food and braved the rain and the chill to make it to the US border crossing at Tijuana, Mexico. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Migrants picked this pregnant mother of 2 to go to the front of the asylum line," 1 May 2018 These three apartments offer renters the coveted ability to wash their unmentionables without scrounging for quarters or passive-aggressively trading notes about neighbors in a communal laundry room. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "Three Philly apartments under $2,500 a month - with coveted private laundry," 11 July 2018 In this novel, like his last one, Gessen writes with special feeling about the flyspecked romance of being young, idealistic, frugal and needing to scrounge for a decent meal. New York Times, "Struggling to Love, Work and Do the Right Thing in Putin’s Russia," 9 July 2018 Gogo apparently spends his off hours getting beaten up by thugs; Didi, scrounging for carrots and turnips. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "After all these years, we’re still Waiting for Godot," 30 May 2018

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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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scrounge

verb

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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