Wednesday, March 14, 2001
Definitions for cadge
- To beg or obtain by begging; to sponge.
- To beg; to sponge.
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Citations for cadge
Another . . . complains of the hard work involved in cadging an invitation to a fancy dinner.
Imagine the Tom his fellow students saw at the University of Iowa -- a slovenly, self-absorbed young man with a high, braying laugh, a tendency to cadge money and a habit of blushing -- and you can see why one remembered him as "a rather unpleasant little person" and another later said that he would have bet on "anyone but Tom" to become a successful playwright.
Origin of cadge
Cadge derives from Middle English cadgear, "a peddler, a huckster."