Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To obtain (something) by begging or borrowing with no intention of reparation: scrounged a few dollars off my brother.
  • transitive v. To obtain by salvaging or foraging; round up.
  • intransitive v. To seek to obtain something by begging or borrowing with no intention of reparation: scrounge for a cigarette.
  • intransitive v. To forage about in an effort to acquire something at no cost: scrounging around the kitchen for a late-night snack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To hunt about, especially for something of nominal value; to scavenge or glean.
  • v. To obtain something of moderate or inconsequential value from another.
  • n. Someone who scrounges; a scrounger.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. collect or look around for (food)
  • v. obtain or seek to obtain by cadging or wheedling

Etymologies

Alteration of dialectal scrunge, to steal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He says the children selling all manner of trinkets are his friends and uses some kind of innate child-communication to invite them to play with the few toys he has, as well as whatever else they can scrounge from the grounds.

    Chet of Arabia

  • After breakfast, she sat in the front room where equatorial sun slanted in brightest through lacquered lattices to read every last thing she could scrounge from the one biblioteca that sold English print.

    BRASIL AS A GIRL

  • One neighbor commented that she felt like a "scrounge", I told her that she wasn't scrounging but "re-purposing" my old hangers and the look of relief that came across her face was amazing.

    Kim Callahan: From Helping Vietnam Veterans to Helping My Neighbors

  • Every man in the team was strictly enjoined to "scrounge" any scrap of wood he could find en route, and it was a common sight to see a driver suddenly hop off his horse, dart across the road triumphantly to seize a stick he had spotted, after which he rushed after his team and scrambled into the saddle again, the horses meanwhile plodding patiently along.

    With Our Army in Palestine

  • It happened to someone else when it was revealed that he hadn't been taking showers, and the Commander had pronounced him a "scrounge".

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  • "They do tend to kind of scrounge to where they want; they go to the low seats," Finke said.

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  • As things then also turned out, last night's meal flopped (don't get me started -- I think the cut of lamb the butcher gave me was 3/4 fat) and my moms 'night out is tonight, meaning that not only will I be gone but they will have to scrounge for dinner (probably a frozen Indian meal for John and mac-n-cheese for the girls).

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  • Chapters had to scrounge to find any of my books, but scared up a few that also sold out.

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  • Now, anyone with basic reading comprehension skills will immediately see that this was intended as sarcasm -- as a send-up of right-wingers who have been working overtime to find any evidence of union thug violence in Wisconsin they can scrounge up.

    In which I advocate for union thugs to get violent (not really)

  • DALLAS—As Texas schools scrounge for cash to buy supplies and threaten to lay off teachers, $830 million in education funding earmarked for the state is sitting at the federal Department of Education.

    Texans Duel Over Millions in School Funding

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