transitive verbscrounged, scroung′ing
- to manage to get or find by hunting around: usually with up
- to get by begging or sponging; mooch
- to take without permission; pilfer
Origin of scroungeprobably altered from scrouge
verbscrounged, scroung·ing, scroung·es Informal
- To obtain (something) by begging or borrowing with no intention of reparation: scrounged a few dollars off my brother. See Synonyms at cadge.
- To obtain by salvaging or foraging; round up.
- To seek to obtain something by begging or borrowing with no intention of reparation: scrounge for a cigarette.
- To forage about in an effort to acquire something at no cost: scrounging around the kitchen for a late-night snack.
Origin of scroungeAlteration of dialectal scrunge to steal
(third-person singular simple present scrounges, present participle scrounging, simple past and past participle scrounged)
- Someone who scrounges; a scrounger.