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verb (used with object), cadged, cadg·ing.
  1. to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship.
  2. to borrow without intent to repay.
  3. to beg or obtain by begging.
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verb (used without object), cadged, cadg·ing.
  1. to ask, expect, or encourage another person to pay for or provide one's drinks, meals, etc.
  2. to beg.
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Origin of cadge1

1275–1325; perhaps to be identified with Middle English caggen to tie, of uncertain origin
Related formscadg·er, noun


noun Falconry.
  1. a frame on which hawks are carried to the field.
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Origin of cadge2

First recorded in 1605–15; apparently variant of cage
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Historical Examples

  • Cadge thinks me still betrothed to John, so she affected to misunderstand.

    The Bacillus of Beauty

    Harriet Stark

  • 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.

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

British Dictionary definitions for cadge


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

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