Definition of “scrounge” - English Dictionary

“scrounge” in British English

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scroungeverb [ I or T ]

uk /skraʊndʒ/ us /skraʊndʒ/ informal

to get things, especially money or food, by asking for them instead of buying them or working for them:

Peter never buys anything - he just scrounges (off his friends).
scrounger
noun [ C ] uk /ˈskraʊn.dʒər/ us /ˈskraʊn.dʒɚ/ disapproving

He thinks that people who receive welfare benefits are scroungers.

Phrasal verb(s)

scroungenoun

uk /skraʊndʒ/ us /skraʊndʒ/ UK disapproving or humorous
on the scrounge

Someone who is on the scrounge is asking people for things or for money.

(Definition of “scrounge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“scrounge” in American English

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scroungeverb [ I/T ]

us /skrɑʊndʒ/ infml

to get something by asking for it instead of buying it or working for it, or to gather something you want or need from what is available:

[ T ] Baxter scrounged furniture and equipment from local businesses.
[ I ] A black cat scrounged through piles of litter.

(Definition of “scrounge” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)