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[spuhn-jer] /ˈspʌn dʒər/
a person or thing that sponges.
a person who habitually borrows or lives at the expense of others; parasite.
a person or boat engaged in gathering sponges.
Origin of sponger
First recorded in 1670-80; sponge + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The Greek sponger 'Zenephone' was passing when she went under.

  • He checked the flood of thanks on the sponger captain's lips.

  • "We'll mow 'em down," said No. 1, the sponger and rammer, a boy of twenty.

    In Hostile Red Joseph Altsheler
  • No. 1, the sponger and rammer, had been killed by a pistol-shot.

    In Hostile Red Joseph Altsheler
  • At last word came that the sponger had struck on the nearby shoals.

  • And every blackguard and sponger who came along I accepted at his own valuation.

    Hard Pressed Fred M. White
  • Then we walked down to his row-boat, and soon he was aboard the sponger.

    Pieces of Eight Richard le Gallienne
  • The deck of the sponger was piled with the result of the work of the week.

    Dick in the Everglades A. W. Dimock
  • Then a sponger fell, and then the gunner himself was slain by the bullet.

    The Texan Star

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • That word "sponger" as it came to Dan caused him to straighten himself up and step forward more quickly.

    The Fourth Watch H. A. Cody
British Dictionary definitions for sponger


(informal) a person who lives off other people by continually taking advantage of their generosity; parasite or scrounger
a person or ship employed in collecting sponges
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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