verb (used with object), cadged, cadg·ing.

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, cadg·ing.

to ask, expect, or encourage another person to pay for or provide one's drinks, meals, etc.
to beg.

Nearby words

  1. cadential,
  2. cadenza,
  3. cadet,
  4. cadet cloth,
  5. cadette,
  6. cadger,
  7. cadgy,
  8. cadi,
  9. cadillac,
  10. cadillac, antoine de la mothe

Origin of cadge

1275–1325; perhaps to be identified with Middle English caggen to tie, of uncertain origin

Related formscadg·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cadger

British Dictionary definitions for cadger



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



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

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.

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