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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
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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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.

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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.
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