cadge

To cadge is to plead or beg for something. A hungry child might cadge an extra cookie from her dad while he's baking.

When you cadge something, you wheedle or plead for it, manipulating someone into giving it to you. If you forget your lunch, you might have to cadge parts of your friend's meal, and if you don't have change for a parking meter, you might try to cadge some from a person walking by. Since the early 1800s, to cadge has meant "to beg," and while its origin is uncertain, it may come from cadger, "itinerant dealer" or "peddler."

Definitions of cadge
1

v obtain or seek to obtain by cadging or wheedling

Synonyms:
schnorr, scrounge, shnorr
Type of:
beg
ask to obtain free

v ask for and get free; be a parasite

Synonyms:
bum, grub, mooch, sponge
Types:
freeload
live off somebody's generosity
Type of:
obtain
come into possession of

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