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[kaj] /kædʒ/
verb (used with object), cadged, cadging.
to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship.
to borrow without intent to repay.
to beg or obtain by begging.
verb (used without object), cadged, cadging.
to ask, expect, or encourage another person to pay for or provide one's drinks, meals, etc.
to beg.
Origin of cadge1
1275-1325; perhaps to be identified with Middle English caggen to tie, of uncertain origin
Related forms
cadger, noun


[kaj] /kædʒ/
noun, Falconry.
a frame on which hawks are carried to the field.
1605-15; apparently variant of cage Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for cadge
Historical Examples
  • cadge thinks me still betrothed to John, so she affected to misunderstand.

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  • cadge will call her nothing but 'H. the M.'—short for 'Helen the Magnificent.'

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  • It was an arduous day for the tribe of cadge, excepting, of course, its head.

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  • She can do anything—sing, talk modern Greek and Chinese—cadge is wonderful.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • "Them as 'as a good paying business don't know wot it means to look for a job," pursued cadge bitterly.

    Golden Stories Various
  • I went out into the warm and rainy night, but there was no cadge at the Star office.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • The first I knew of it, indeed, was when one day cadge came bursting into the room.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • And then the wedding; and the practical cadge surprised us all.

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  • What if Kitty sometime wins fame by painting my picture, or cadge by writing of me in her "Recollections?"

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  • He might cadge for a bath, but his hands he could look after himself for nothing.

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British Dictionary definitions for cadge


to get (food, money, etc) by sponging or begging
(Brit) a person who cadges
(Brit, informal) on the cadge, engaged in cadging
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cadge

"to beg" (1812), "to get by begging" (1848), of uncertain origin, perhaps a back-formation from cadger "itinerant dealer with a pack-horse," mid-15c., which is perhaps from early 14c. cadge "to fasten, to tie," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cadge



To borrow; beg; bum, mooch (1800s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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