- to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship.
- to borrow without intent to repay.
- to beg or obtain by begging.
- to ask, expect, or encourage another person to pay for or provide one's drinks, meals, etc.
- to beg.
Origin of cadge1
- a frame on which hawks are carried to the field.
Origin of cadge2
Examples from the Web for cadge
Historical Examples of cadge
Cadge thinks me still betrothed to John, so she affected to misunderstand.
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.
- to get (food, money, etc) by sponging or begging
- British a person who cadges
- on the cadge British informal engaged in cadging
Word Origin 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.