- 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
Related formssponge·less, adjectivesponge·like, adjectivespong·ing·ly, adverbun·sponged, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for sponge on
Derived Formsspongelike, adjective
Word Origin for sponge
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Idioms and Phrases with sponge on (1 of 2)
Also, sponge off. Impose on another's hospitality or generosity, as in He's been sponging on relatives for the past year. This expression uses sponge in the sense of “to soak up something.” [Late 1600s]
Idioms and Phrases with sponge on (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with sponge
- sponge on
- throw in the sponge