An example of to cadge is to get dinner by asking people entering a restaurant to buy you something.
Origin of cadge; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
intr. & tr.v.cadged, cadg·ing, cadg·es
Origin of cadgePerhaps back-formation from obsolete cadger, peddler, from Middle English cadgear.
(third-person singular simple present cadges, present participle cadging or cadgin, simple past and past participle cadged)
- (Geordie) To beg.
- "Are ye gannin te cadge a lift of yoer fatha?"
- (US, UK, slang) To obtain something by wit or guile; to convince someone to do something they might not normally do.
- To carry hawks and other birds of prey.
- (UK, Scotland, dialect) To carry, as a burden.
- (UK, Scotland, dialect) To hawk or peddle, as fish, poultry, etc.
- (UK, Scotland, dialect) To intrude or live on another meanly; to beg.
Possibly a corruption of cage, from Old French.