- dough raised with yeast, especially before kneading, as for bread.
- a light, sweet pudding of a porous texture, made with gelatin, eggs, fruit juice or other flavoring material, etc.
verb (used with object), sponged, spong·ing.
verb (used without object), sponged, spong·ing.
Origin of sponge
Synonyms for sponge
Examples from the Web for sponge
Contemporary Examples of sponge
Santa snacks on rice pudding in Denmark, sponge cake in Chile, Kulkuls in India, and mince pies in the U.K.8 Facts You Never Knew About Christmas
December 24, 2013
The sponge players who followed Satoh are fine athletes, but the games they play have been generally unwatchable.
Most of the great players switched to sponge—but year after year, sponge leapfrogged from one technology to another.
Cook at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and the sponge springs back when lightly pressed.Let Them Eat Cake!
May 8, 2011
I have no idea how they made it; it was coconut milk poofed into a sponge.Inside Spain's Most Legendary Kitchen
August 25, 2009
Historical Examples of sponge
When and how is sponge cake taken from the pan in which it is baked?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
But that first case died because a sponge had been left in the operating field.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I hated him for this, as though the sponge had been Rachel's heart.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Take a basin of water and a sponge, Fred, and wash the dust off.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
Add it gradually, stirring your flour into the sponge at the same time.Culture and Cooking
Word Origin for sponge
Old English sponge, spunge, from Latin spongia "a sponge," also "sea animal from which a sponge comes," from Greek spongia, related to spongos "sponge," borrowed from an unknown source. The Latin word is the source of Old Saxon spunsia, Middle Dutch spongie, Old French esponge, Spanish esponja, Italian spugna. To throw in the sponge "quit, submit" (1860) is from prizefighting, in reference to the sponges used to cleanse the faces of combatants between rounds (cf. later throw in the towel). Sponge-cake is attested from 1808.
late 14c., "to soak up with a sponge," from sponge (n.). The slang sense of "to live in a parasitic manner" is attested from 1670s; sponger (n.) in this sense is from 1670s. Originally it was the victim who was known as the sponge (c.1600), because he or she was being "squeezed." Related: Sponged; sponging.
In addition to the idiom beginning with sponge
- sponge on
- throw in the sponge