- to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship.
- to borrow without intent to repay.
- to beg or obtain by begging.
- to ask, expect, or encourage another person to pay for or provide one's drinks, meals, etc.
- to beg.
Origin of cadge1
1275–1325; perhaps to be identified with Middle English caggen to tie, of uncertain origin
- a frame on which hawks are carried to the field.
Origin of cadge2
First recorded in 1605–15; apparently variant of cage
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Examples from the Web for cadge
Cadge thinks me still betrothed to John, so she affected to misunderstand.
Cadge fancies, I suppose, that by any mail I may get a big check from home.
"Some pretty cloak and suit models get big wages," said Cadge.
I went out into the warm and rainy night, but there was no Cadge at the Star office.
Cadge tried to speak, but could only point to the little bedroom.
- to get (food, money, etc) by sponging or begging
- British a person who cadges
- on the cadge British informal engaged in cadging
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cadge
"to beg" (1812), "to get by begging" (1848), of uncertain origin, perhaps a back-formation from cadger "itinerant dealer with a pack-horse," mid-15c., which is perhaps from early 14c. cadge "to fasten, to tie," of unknown origin.
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