[ kaj ]
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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.

  1. to beg or obtain by begging.

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.

Origin of cadge

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

Other words from cadge

  • cadger, noun

Other definitions for cadge (2 of 2)

[ kaj ]

  1. a frame on which hawks are carried to the field.

Origin of cadge

First recorded in 1605–15; apparently variant of cage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cadge in a sentence

  • The little Cadges accompanied her, eager to exhibit the noble castle which they had completed on Catnip Creek.

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  • Indeed, indeed, the little Cadges were not the only ones who enjoyed a vacation when father worked!

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

British Dictionary definitions for cadge


/ (kædʒ) /

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

  1. British a person who cadges

  2. on the cadge British informal engaged in cadging

Origin of cadge

C17: of unknown origin

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