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cadge1

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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
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for cadger

Historical Examples

  • "They're Annie the Cadger's," said John, dropping to the ground.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • A beggar is not etymologically one who begs, or a cadger one who cadges.

  • "Man, ye're a cadger of the most appallin' descreeption," said Tam severely.

    Tam O' The Scoots

    Edgar Wallace

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for cadger

cadger

noun
  1. (ˈkædʒə) British a person who cadges
  2. (ˈkædʒər) Scot a pedlar or carrier
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cadge

verb
  1. to get (food, money, etc) by sponging or begging
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noun
  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 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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