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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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cadger
Historical Examples
  • "They're Annie the cadger's," said John, dropping to the ground.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • A beggar is not etymologically one who begs, or a cadger one who cadges.

  • "Man, ye're a cadger of the most appallin' descreeption," said Tam severely.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
  • Ye will die the death of a cadger's powney, in a wreath of drift!

    Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott
  • Arra, dear shoy, I sowed them in my belly, and sold the hens to a cadger.

  • And would you mind telling us what cadger had to tell, Chief?

    The Aeroplane Boys Flight John Luther Langworthy
  • The military committee in congress couldn't go back on Mr. cadger, and he daren't go back on my father.

    A Wounded Name Charles King
  • There were twelve or twenty little groups of men in the square, which was lit by a flare of oil suspended over a cadger's cart.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • The clamp-clamp of a cadger's tired-out horse and the rattle of an empty cart sound loud and long in the deserted street.

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • Well, nothing would suit, but the dustman must have a go, and pitch into the cadger.

British Dictionary definitions for cadger


(Brit) (ˈkædʒə). a person who cadges
(Scot) (ˈkædʒər). a pedlar or carrier


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 cadger



"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 cadger



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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