\ 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 So if there isn't an uptick in funds can these candidates continue to scrounge by? Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Sunday Trail Markers: Who's winning the Democrats' fundraising race?," 29 Sep. 2019 Everyone is scrounging away, even the people who have jobs. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "Lauren Duca on Lauren Duca," 18 Sep. 2019 The struggling industrial giant is selling off another chunk of its stake in Baker Hughes as CEO Larry Culp scrounges up more cash to fund his turnaround strategy. Washington Post, "GE Rips Off the Band-Aid at Baker Hughes," 11 Sep. 2019 In contrast, Lucille is world-weary, an 18-year-old whose had enough men, hard living, and scrounging to get by to last her a lifetime. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "EW talks YA: Why these two extraordinary teen tales deserve your attention," 12 Sep. 2019 But there was no scrounging for a playoff spot in 2018-19. Michael Shapiro,, "Can the Nuggets Keep Pace in the Western Conference Title Hunt?," 30 July 2019 The prospect of scrounging for reimbursement for our services from insurers and clicking through cumbersome electronic health records all day isn’t a tenable way to offload heavy student debt. STAT, "We were inspired to become primary care physicians. Now we’re reconsidering a field in crisis," 20 June 2019 Widmer began in 1984, when the homebrewing brothers quit their jobs and turned passion into career, scrounging together a brewing line from old dairy and junkyard equipment., "Anheuser-Busch opts not to buy Portland’s Craft Brew Alliance," 23 Aug. 2019 Alex Melendrez, 26, grew up in San Bruno in the home his parents bought nearly 30 years ago, when his father, a cook, and mother, a waitress, scrounged enough money together for a down payment on a three-bedroom, two-bath house. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "Exodus: For Bay Area millennials, moving up means moving out," 7 July 2019

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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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16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Scrounge.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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How to pronounce scrounge (audio)

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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