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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Sonia is always cadging lifts home and she never offers any money for petrol.
▪ The two boys moved around the bar, cadging free drinks and cigarettes.
▪ Amiss had an almost overwhelming desire to cadge a cigarette in order to demonstrate solidarity, but he repressed it.
▪ Any excuse to cadge a drink.
▪ He cadged fivers off various old school friends and workmates to tide him over until he could get to the bank.
▪ I used to hang around there on weekends, cadging handouts and running errands and hustling cabs for the swells.
▪ Is anybody else thinking of going, especially from the Leeds area so I can cadge a lift.
▪ Never had enough money, was always cadging.
▪ Poverty hounded the bishop, so he borrowed and cadged like a Franciscan beggar of old.
▪ Well, the only thing Mike ever cadged was cigarettes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cadge \Cadge\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Cadged; p. pr. & vb. n. Cadging.] [Cf. Scot. cache, caich, cadge, to toss, drive, OE. cachen to drive, catch, caggen to bind, or perh. E. cage. Cf. Cadger.]

  1. To carry, as a burden. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

  2. To hawk or peddle, as fish, poultry, etc. [Prov.]

  3. To intrude or live on another meanly; to beg. [Prov. or Slang, Eng.]


Cadge \Cadge\, n. [Cf. 2d Cadger.] (Hawking) A circular frame on which cadgers carry hawks for sale.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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," which is of unknown origin.


n. (context falconry English) A circular frame on which cadgers carry hawks for sale. vb. 1 (context Geordie English) To beg. 2 (context US British slang English) To obtain something by wit or guile; to convince someone to do something they might not normally do. 3 To carry hawks and other birds of prey. 4 (context UK Scotland dialect English) To carry, as a burden. 5 (context UK Scotland dialect English) To hawk or peddle, as fish, poultry, etc. 6 (context UK Scotland dialect English) To intrude or live on another meanly; to beg.

  1. v. ask for and get free; be a parasite [syn: mooch, bum, grub, sponge]

  2. obtain or seek to obtain by cadging or wheedling; "he is always shnorring cigarettes from his friends" [syn: schnorr, shnorr, scrounge]

Usage examples of "cadge".

Thomas Cadge began to tremble, though Shar could not tell if it was from excitement, apprehension, hope, or all three.

Admittedly, it helped that although Thomas Cadge was shabby, he was clean.

Thomas Cadge devoured his meal in a few bites and gulps, and promptly curled up in the blanket Tannim got out of the trunk.

When she returned, Tannim had strapped himself inand Thomas Cadge was asleep in the back seat with an improvised bandage of white gauze from the first-aid kit thankfully covering the ruins of his eyes.

The sound of the engine seemed terribly loud in all the silence, but Thomas Cadge did not even seem to wake up.

Tom Cadge slept blissfully on in the backseat, and Shar contemplated the Gate from the hood of the car, a fox of white jade wrapped in shiny silver gift wrap.

Shar peered ahead into the psychedelic fog, every muscle and nerve alive with tension, and started when Tom Cadge tapped her shoulder.

Tom Cadge had hunched down into his blankets, shivering, his head completely covered, like a child trying to hide from the monsters in the dark.

Lady Ako looked Charcoal up and down, her face so full of open scorn that even Tom Cadge must sense it.

Tannim, so only Shar saw that Thomas Cadge had crept out of the rear seat and was stealing out of the Mustang on all fours.

Thomas Cadge was darkened with disapproval, he shifted his stubby brier pipe to the other corner of his mouth, edged a little from his seat on the sunny front stoop and, craning his neck around the corner of his house, revealed an unwashed area extending from collarbone to left ear.

But he had scarcely emitted three puffs before the piping voice of Arabella Cadge was again wafted to his ears.

Snavely checked himself abruptly, for the light in the small, green eyes of Thomas Cadge was baleful, and his square jaw protruded menacingly.

The fact is, I am sorry for you, Cadge, and I have been looking around to get you a job.

He was pondering a new excuse when he happened to notice Master Cadge, aged nine, Thomas Cadge, Jr.