[skrouj, skrooj]

verb (used with or without object), scrouged, scrouging.

to squeeze; crowd.

Also scrooge.

Origin of scrouge

1820–30; blend of obsolete scruze (itself blend of screw and bruise) and gouge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scrouged

Historical Examples of scrouged

  • She ran into her cabin and scrouged behind the headboard of a bed.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • He fair screamed at the very sight o' the bread, an' he scrouged hisself up in that corner an' put his hands in front of his face.

  • She scrouged herself over into her own corner and laughed a scornful laugh.

  • Backbone has been so scrouged and put upon by the summer's work that he sometimes cuts up amazing.

    Julia Ward Howe

    Laura E. Richards

  • The paired-off cave-dwellers merely scowled on us as we scrouged past them to a vacant bench in a far corner.

    Europe Revised

    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for scrouged



(tr) dialect to crowd or press

Word Origin for scrouge

C18: alteration of C16 scruze to squeeze, perhaps blend of screw + squeeze
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