Definition of scrounge in English:

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Pronunciation: /skraʊn(d)ʒ/


[with object]
1Seek to obtain (something, typically food or money) at the expense or through the generosity of others or by stealth: he had managed to scrounge a free meal we stopped scrounging for cigarettes [no object]: we didn’t scrounge off the social security
More example sentences
  • Like the queen, he doesn't carry cash, so the billionaire has to scrounge cab fare from colleagues.
  • She expresses her desire to send him as much money as she can scrounge up.
  • As a reviewer I don't get sent everything I ask for and so I scrounge quite a bit - but only for the films I really, really want.
informal cadge, sponge, bum, touch someone for
British informal scab
Scottish informal sorn on someone for
North American informal mooch
Australian/New Zealand informal bludge
1.1 (often scrounge something up) North American Search for or obtain by searching.
Example sentences
  • ‘Yes, I was hoping you would scrounge something up for me,’ Anya grinned.
  • As far as I know, the Sidearms were usually issued too officers, but enlisted men were able to scrounge them up easily enough.
  • He scrounged them up in the Municipal Archives on Chambers Street in Manhattan, the address of which he has committed to memory.


[in singular]
An act of scrounging: we went for a scrounge
More example sentences
  • I will have a scrounge around today and see if I can find any more.
  • I can have a scrounge around for you as I'm not going to bed but don't have anything really important to do at the moment.
  • How can the mother get tax credits if she pays no tax as she's not working... that is a good scrounge.


on the scrounge

British Engaged in scrounging: she’s always on the scrounge
More example sentences
  • So on the scrounge for tickets and a trip to Cardiff now!
  • Just had an invite to the press conference on Monday and I'm on the scrounge for questions.
  • I'd rather give my money to help Iranian democrats than bloggers on the scrounge wouldn't you?


Early 20th century: variant of dialect scrunge 'steal'.

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