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 scroungers

Historical Examples of scroungers

  • Besides all that, Pop did not come in fawning and full of extravagant praise, as most scroungers will.

    The Night of the Long Knives

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • I reminded myself that it was Pop's business to play up to the both of us, charm being the secret weapon of all scroungers.

    The Night of the Long Knives

    Fritz Reuter Leiber


British Dictionary definitions for scroungers

scrounge

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 Formsscrounger, noun

Word Origin for scrounge

C20: variant of dialect scrunge to steal, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for scroungers

scrounge

v.

"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.

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