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sponger definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a workman employed to collect sponges
2: a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage [syn: leech, parasite, sponge, sponger]

Merriam Webster's

noun see sponge II

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a person who contrives to live at another's expense.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sponger Spon"ger, n. 1. One who sponges, or uses a sponge. 2. One employed in gathering sponges. 3. Fig.: A parasitical dependent; a hanger-on.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(spongers) If you describe someone as a sponger, you mean that they sponge off other people or organizations. (INFORMAL) = scrounger N-COUNT [disapproval]

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Parasite, hanger-on.

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barnacle, beat, beggar, bloodsucker, bummer, cadger, coupon clippers, deadbeat, drone, freeloader, hanger-on, idle rich, leech, leisure class, lounge lizard, lumpen proletariat, mendicant, moocher, nonworker, panhandler, parasite, rentiers, smell-feast, spiv, sponge, sucker, the unemployable, the unemployed



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