• synonyms


See more synonyms for scrounge on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object), scrounged, scroung·ing.
  1. to borrow (a small amount or item) with no intention of repaying or returning it: to scrounge a cigarette.
  2. to gather together by foraging; seek out: We'll try to scrounge enough food for supper from the neighbors.
Show More
verb (used without object), scrounged, scroung·ing.
  1. to borrow, especially a small item one is not expected to return or replace.
Show More
  1. a habitual borrower; sponger.
  2. an act or instance of scrounging.
  3. a person who exists by foraging.
Show More
Verb Phrases
  1. scrounge around, to search or forage for something, especially in a haphazard or disorganized fashion; hunt for: We scrounged around for something to eat.
Show More
Also scroung·er (for defs 4, 6).

Origin of scrounge

First recorded in 1905–10; alteration of dial. scringe to glean
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words


Examples from the Web for scrounge

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

British Dictionary definitions for scrounge


verb informal
  1. (when intr, sometimes foll by around) to search in order to acquire (something) without cost
  2. to obtain or seek to obtain (something) by cadging or begging
Show More
Derived Formsscrounger, noun

Word Origin

C20: variant of dialect scrunge to steal, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for scrounge


"to acquire by irregular means," 1915, alteration of dialectal scrunge "to search stealthily, rummage, pilfer" (1909), of uncertain origin, perhaps from dialectal scringe "to pry about;" or perhaps related to scrouge, scrooge "push, jostle" (1755, also Cockney slang for "a crowd"), probably suggestive of screw, squeeze. Popularized by the military in World War I. Related: Scrounged; scrounging.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper