[ skrounj ]
/ skraʊndʒ /
verb (used with object), scrounged, scroung·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), scrounged, scroung·ing.
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.
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Also scroung·er (for defs 4, 6).
Origin of scrounge
First recorded in 1905–10; alteration of dial. scringe to glean
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British Dictionary definitions for scrounge around
/ (skraʊndʒ) /
(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
Derived Formsscrounger, noun
Word Origin for scrounge
C20: variant of dialect scrunge to steal, of obscure origin
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Idioms and Phrases with scrounge around
Forage about in an effort to obtain something at no cost, as in We scrounged around their kitchen looking for a snack. It derives from the dialectal scrunge, “steal.” [Colloquial; c. 1900]
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