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[kaj] /kædʒ/
verb (used with object), cadged, cadging.
to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship.
to borrow without intent to repay.
to beg or obtain by begging.
verb (used without object), cadged, cadging.
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
Related forms
cadger, noun


[kaj] /kædʒ/
noun, Falconry.
a frame on which hawks are carried to the field.
First recorded in 1605-15; apparently variant of cage Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cadge
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  • cadge thinks me still betrothed to John, so she affected to misunderstand.

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  • cadge fancies, I suppose, that by any mail I may get a big check from home.

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  • "Some pretty cloak and suit models get big wages," said cadge.

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  • I went out into the warm and rainy night, but there was no cadge at the Star office.

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  • And then the wedding; and the practical cadge surprised us all.

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  • cadge tried to speak, but could only point to the little bedroom.

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  • This is the animal page of the Sunday Star and cadge is in a hurry for it, to do the obbligato.

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  • cadge will call her nothing but 'H. the M.'—short for 'Helen the Magnificent.'

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  • She can do anything—sing, talk modern Greek and Chinese—cadge is wonderful.

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  • No sooner was she gone than I was summoned to the reception-room, and cadge rushed to meet me.

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British Dictionary definitions for cadge


to get (food, money, etc) by sponging or begging
(Brit) a person who cadges
(Brit, informal) on the cadge, engaged in cadging
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cadge



To borrow; beg; bum, mooch (1800s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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