Thesaurus

sponging

verb
present participle of sponge

Synonyms of sponging

1 to take in (something liquid) through small openings
  • the ground quickly sponged up the much-needed rain

Synonyms for sponging

Words Related to sponging

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 for sponging

Words Related to sponging

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sponging

Cite this Entry

“Sponging.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sponging. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on sponging

Nglish: Translation of sponging for Spanish Speakers

Comments on sponging

What made you want to look up sponging? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!