- to borrow (a small amount or item) with no intention of repaying or returning it: to scrounge a cigarette.
- to gather together by foraging; seek out: We'll try to scrounge enough food for supper from the neighbors.
- to borrow, especially a small item one is not expected to return or replace.
- a habitual borrower; sponger.
- an act or instance of scrounging.
- a person who exists by foraging.
- scrounge around, to search or forage for something, especially in a haphazard or disorganized fashion; hunt for: We scrounged around for something to eat.
Origin of scrounge
Examples from the Web for scrounge
Since Holtsman did not receive much guidance or support, he had to scrounge for supplies and ran his own operations.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner
September 20, 2014
When you earn money, cash falls from the sky, meaning you have to scrounge on the floor for dollar bills.Kim Kardashian Isn't the Butt of Jokes Anymore
August 14, 2014
“I have been on food stamps and had to scrounge for money,” she says.Phil Spector’s Unlikely Defender
November 2, 2012
I was able to scrounge up $9,000 and then put in $9,000 of my own, so I was in for $18,000.Billy Sammeth, the Manager Fired by Cher and Joan Rivers, Tells His Side of the Story
February 14, 2012
I was never any good at this so Bruce used to scrounge for us.The Biography of a Rabbit
I could scrounge me a company job and have a thinking closet all to myself and two secretaries with stainless steel breasts.The Creature from Cleveland Depths
Fritz Reuter Leiber
While my company was in support one day my corporal and I managed to scrounge into a pill-box away from the awful mud.
One day we missed one of our fellows, a Cockney, for about two hours, and guessed he was on the "scrounge" somewhere or other.
Back from a spell behind Ypres in 1915, a few of us decided to scrounge round for a hair-cut.
- (when intr, sometimes foll by around) to search in order to acquire (something) without cost
- to obtain or seek to obtain (something) by cadging or begging
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.