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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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.

British Dictionary definitions for scrounger

scrounge

/ (skraʊndʒ) /

verb informal

(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 Forms

scrounger, noun

Word Origin for scrounge

C20: variant of dialect scrunge to steal, of obscure origin
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