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sponger Syllabification: spong·er
Pronunciation: /ˈspənjər/

Definition of sponger in English:


1 informal A person who lives at others' expense.
Example sentences
  • Asylum-seekers and refugees are not spongers and freeloaders, according to Minister O'Donoghue.
  • Refugees are frequently termed freeloaders and spongers by resentful Irish, even by certain politicians.
  • ‘The fact that the vast majority of recently arrived asylum seekers are excluded from the workplace creates a situation where they are seen as spongers,’ he believes.
informal freeloader, cadger, bum, bloodsucker, mooch, moocher, bottom feeder, schnorrer
2A person who applies paint to pottery using a sponge.

Words that rhyme with sponger

blunger, conjure, expunger, plunger
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