- 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 sponging
Contemporary Examples of sponging
The biggest pre-election issue, Haredi sponging and shirking of military service, was captured by Yair Lapid.What Went Wrong For Netanyahu
January 21, 2013
Historical Examples of sponging
We're sponging on your Uncle William, and I hate to think we're sponging on him.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
You'd be afraid lest she should think you were sponging on her.A Great Man
For I am just determined not to be sponging on you and Bruce if I can help it.Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge
I found Susan sponging his shirt-front, and Susan and I are as good as engaged.
Mixed with water it is cooling and invigorating for sponging the body.The Production of Vinegar from Honey
Gerard W Bancks
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