from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun One that gathers sponges.
- noun Informal A person who sponges on others; a parasite.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One who uses a sponge.
- noun A person or vessel engaged in fishing for sponges.
- noun In cloth-manuf., a machine in which cloth is dampened previous to ironing. It has a perforated adjustable cylinder, which is filled with steam, and about which the cloth is rolled.
- noun A parasitical dependent; a hanger-on for maintenance; a sponge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun One who sponges, or uses a sponge.
- noun One employed in gathering sponges.
- noun Fig.: A parasitical dependent; a hanger-on.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun One who uses a
- noun A
- noun One employed in gathering
spongesfrom the sea.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a workman employed to collect sponges
- noun a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
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There is a nasty sound about the word sponger, don't you think?
Cowell then explained the meaning of the word sponger for American audiences as 'that means somebody who makes their money from sponging off other people.'
He explained the meaning of the word sponger for the American audience: "That means somebody who makes their money by sponging off other people," he said.
A soldier without his arms, a dress without its purple, a horse without its trappings, are poor things; and a rich man without his sponger is a mean, cheap spectacle.
Cold hungry philosophers you may see any day, but never a cold hungry sponger; the man would not be a sponger, that is all, but a wretched pauper, no better than a philosopher.
But of course, if never to be hungry, thirsty, or cold, is to be happy, the sponger is the man who is in that position.
If the courageous is so in virtue of his courage, the sensible sensible in virtue of his sense, then the sponger is a sponger in virtue of sponging.
That word "sponger" as it came to Dan caused him to straighten himself up and step forward more quickly.
Mr Griffin said Miss Hanson, who once claimed Australia was being "swamped by Asians", would not be a "sponger".
Buckingham Palace denies Prince Philip called pop impresario Simon Cowell a "sponger".