- 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
Examples from the Web for cadger
"They're Annie the Cadger's," said John, dropping to the ground.The Manxman
A beggar is not etymologically one who begs, or a cadger one who cadges.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
"Man, ye're a cadger of the most appallin' descreeption," said Tam severely.Tam O' The Scoots
Ye will die the death of a cadger's powney, in a wreath of drift!Red Gauntlet
Sir Walter Scott
Arra, dear shoy, I sowed them in my belly, and sold the hens to a cadger.Amusing Prose Chap Books
- (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 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.