verb (used with object), scav·enged, scav·eng·ing.
verb (used without object), scav·enged, scav·eng·ing.
Origin of scavenge
Related Words for scavengingskulk, slink, lurk, tramp, stroll, roam, scavenge, patrol, hunt, sneak, range, stalk, snake, rove, cruise, steal
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Contemporary Examples of scavenging
Otherwise, the elderly monk toils solo during long days scavenging and building.Spain’s Mad Monk Has Built a Massive Cathedral Entirely by Hand
January 16, 2014
Chicagoan Bill Smith discovered Chen three years ago when she was scavenging for survival in Phnom Penh's toxic garbage dumps.13 Riveting Stories From the Summit
March 12, 2011
Historical Examples of scavenging
One of these scavenging birds was seen to be carrying a long object, like an eel, in its mouth.On the Seashore
R. Cadwallader Smith
Obstruction of the contractor or local authority in scavenging the streets or in removal of refuse, 5, or less (s. 42).Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
They had, in order to be consistent and to talk big about morality, to include novels in their scheme of scavenging.Books and Persons
They do scavenging work, and eat the refuse food thrown away by people from the leaf plate after a meal.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
It is a familiar figure in most of the towns and villages where its scavenging is of the greatest use.Little Folks (July 1884)
1640s, back-formation from scavenger. Related: Scavenged; scavenging.