- 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 scrounger
Desperately we got up to look round for some shelter, and George, our champion "scrounger," discovered a chicken-house.Adventures of a Despatch Rider
W. H. L. Watson
- (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 scrounger
"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.