scrounge

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Etymology[edit]

1915, alteration of dialectal scrunge ("to search stealthily, rummage, pilfer") (1909), of uncertain origin, perhaps from dialectal scringe ("to pry about"); or perhaps related to scrouge, scrooge ("push, jostle") (1755, also Cockney slang for "a crowd"), probably suggestive of screw, squeeze. Popularized by the military in World War I.

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scrounge (third-person singular simple present scrounges, present participle scrounging, simple past and past participle scrounged)

  1. To hunt about, especially for something of nominal value; to scavenge or glean.
  2. To obtain something of moderate or inconsequential value from another.
    As long as he's got someone who'll let him scrounge off them, he'll never settle down and get a full-time job.

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scrounge (plural scrounges)

  1. Someone who scrounges; a scrounger.

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