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sponge

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of sponge

  1. a person who is supported by or seeks support from another without making an adequate return finally told the sponge to move out of their house and to get a job Synonyms of sponge bloodsucker, freeloader, free rider, hanger-on, moocher, parasite, leech, spongerWords Related to sponge dependent; deadbeat, idler; flunky (also flunkey or flunkie), henchman, lackey, satellite, stooge, sycophant, toady, yes-man; cheapskate, miser, niggard, piker, scrooge, skinflint, tightwadNear Antonyms of sponge benefactor, philanthropist, supporter

Synonym Discussion of sponge

parasite, sycophant, toady, leech, sponge mean a usually obsequious flatterer or self-seeker. parasite applies to one who clings to a person of wealth, power, or influence or is useless to society.
    • a jet-setter with an entourage of parasites
sycophant adds to this a strong suggestion of fawning, flattery, or adulation.
    • a powerful prince surrounded by sycophants
toady emphasizes the servility and snobbery of the self-seeker.
    • cultivated leaders of society and became their toady
leech stresses persistence in clinging to or bleeding another for one's own advantage.
    • a leech living off his family and friends
sponge stresses the parasitic laziness, dependence, and opportunism of the cadger.
    • a shiftless sponge, always looking for a handout

sponge

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of sponge

  1. 1 to take in (something liquid) through small openings the ground quickly sponged up the much-needed rain Synonyms of sponge drink, imbibe, soak (up), absorb, suck (up), take upWords Related to sponge gulp, guzzle, quaff, sip, slurp, swallow, swig, swill

  2. 2 to live by relying on someone else's generosity or hospitality without sharing in the cost or responsibility she's been sponging off of her friends while she tries to land an entry-level job on Wall Street Synonyms of sponge mooch, freeloadWords Related to sponge leech; beg; exploit, use



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