verb (used with object), cadged, cadg·ing.
- to obtain by imposing on another’s generosity or friendship.
- to borrow without intent to repay.
- to beg or obtain by begging.
verb (used without object), cadged, cadg·ing.
- to ask, expect, or encourage another person to pay for or provide one’s drinks, meals, etc.
- to beg.
- (ˈkædʒə) British a person who cadges
- (ˈkædʒər) Scot a pedlar or carrier
- to get (food, money, etc) by sponging or begging
- British a person who cadges
- on the cadge British informal engaged in cadging
“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,” of unknown origin.