sponger

[ spuhn-jer ]
/ ˈspʌn dʒər /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. sponge on,
  2. sponge rubber,
  3. sponge tree,
  4. sponged ware,
  5. spongefly,
  6. spongeware,
  7. spongiform,
  8. spongiform encephalopathy,
  9. spongillafly,
  10. spongin

Origin of sponger

First recorded in 1670–80; sponge + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for sponger

sponger

/ (ˈspʌndʒə) /

noun

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