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cadge1

[kaj] /kædʒ/
verb (used with object), cadged, cadging.
1.
to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship.
2.
to borrow without intent to repay.
3.
to beg or obtain by begging.
verb (used without object), cadged, cadging.
4.
to ask, expect, or encourage another person to pay for or provide one's drinks, meals, etc.
5.
to beg.
Origin of cadge1
1275-1325
1275-1325; perhaps to be identified with Middle English caggen to tie, of uncertain origin
Related forms
cadger, noun
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Examples from the Web for cadger
Historical Examples
  • There isn't a man in Boveyhayne who is pretending to be a fisherman and is really a cadger on summer visitors.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • "Man, ye're a cadger of the most appallin' descreeption," said Tam severely.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
  • Arra, dear shoy, I sowed them in my belly, and sold the hens to a cadger.

  • The military committee in congress couldn't go back on Mr. cadger, and he daren't go back on my father.

    A Wounded Name Charles King
  • cadger, or rather its Scottish form cadgear, a pedlar, occurs about one hundred and fifty years earlier than the verb to cadge.

  • There were twelve or twenty little groups of men in the square, which was lit by a flare of oil suspended over a cadger's cart.

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
  • "They're Annie the cadger's," said John, dropping to the ground.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The clamp-clamp of a cadger's tired-out horse and the rattle of an empty cart sound loud and long in the deserted street.

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • Ye will die the death of a cadger's powney, in a wreath of drift!

    Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott
  • Well, nothing would suit, but the dustman must have a go, and pitch into the cadger.

British Dictionary definitions for cadger

cadger

noun
1.
(Brit) (ˈkædʒə). a person who cadges
2.
(Scot) (ˈkædʒər). a pedlar or carrier

cadge

/kædʒ/
verb
1.
to get (food, money, etc) by sponging or begging
noun
2.
(Brit) a person who cadges
3.
(Brit, informal) on the cadge, engaged in cadging
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cadger

cadge

v.

"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 cadger

cadge

verb

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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