scrounge

verb \ ˈskrau̇nj \

Definition of scrounge

scrounged; scrounging
transitive verb
1 :steal, swipe
2 a :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

scrounger

noun

Examples of scrounge in a Sentence

  1. I managed to scrounge enough money for a bus ticket.

  2. He's always scrounging off his friends instead of paying for things himself.

  3. We scrounged around for firewood.

  4. We managed to scrounge some firewood.

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Origin and Etymology of scrounge

alteration of English dialect scrunge to wander about idly

scrounge Synonyms

Synonyms
scrape (up or together), eke (out), squeeze, wrest, wring
Related Words
acquire, attain, draw, earn, gain, land, obtain, procure, secure

SCROUNGE Defined for English Language Learners

scrounge

verb

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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