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sponger

[ spuhn-jer ]
/ ˈspʌn dʒər /
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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.

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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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