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cadge

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[ kaj ]
/ kædʒ /
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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.

RELATED WORDS

bum, sponge, moocher, mendicant, freeloader, mooch, scrounger, sponger

Nearby words

cadential, cadenza, cadet, cadet cloth, cadette, cadge, cadger, cadgy, cadi, cadillac, cadillac, antoine de la mothe

Origin of cadge

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1275–1325; perhaps to be identified with Middle English caggen to tie, of uncertain origin
Related formscadg·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cadger (1 of 2)

cadger


noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for cadger (2 of 2)

cadge

/ (kædʒ) /

verb

to get (food, money, etc) by sponging or begging

noun

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

cadge


v.

"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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