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  1. a person or thing that sponges.
  2. a person who habitually borrows or lives at the expense of others; parasite.
  3. a person or boat engaged in gathering sponges.

Origin of sponger

First recorded in 1670–80; sponge + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for sponger


  1. informal a person who lives off other people by continually taking advantage of their generosity; parasite or scrounger
  2. a person or ship employed in collecting sponges
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