Definition of scrounger in English:



derogatory, informal
  • A person who borrows from or lives off others.

    with modifier ‘welfare scroungers’
    • ‘MPs, councillors and all their cronies are nothing more than scroungers, spongers, parasites.’
    • ‘With a similar system to Australia, most of these people wouldn't get into our country, weeding out criminals, drug dealers and social security scroungers.’
    • ‘I feel like a bit of a scrounger complaining but people over 60 are due their allowance and we haven't got it.’
    • ‘But I can tell you this: they are not throwing their money around on scroungers.’
    • ‘Underlying the Tories' agenda is the hidden assumption that immigration is bad: that immigrants are a bunch of scroungers who want to live off the fat of the land we have created.’
    • ‘She has certainly carved out a comfortable career for herself - as a complete scrounger.’
    • ‘This may be because the complicated, lengthy claim forms confuse many people or perhaps they are scared to claim benefits for fear they will be labelled as scroungers.’
    • ‘Others will envisage a scrounger eager to take advantage of state benefits.’
    • ‘Yes, there are scroungers, layabouts, bad parents, but they are not limited to teenagers, or single mothers, but come in all sexes, ages, shapes, sizes and races.’
    • ‘However, in spite of popular hostility to scroungers, the evidence suggests that the proportion of the poor in modern Britain is similar to that of the past.’
    • ‘It is strange, in fact, that the perception of immigrants as unproductive scroungers has had such staying power.’
    • ‘Some try to demonise all who seek a new life in this country as work-shy scroungers intent only on getting their slice of ‘soft-touch’ Britain's welfare state.’
    • ‘Though he can't suffer bores, scroungers and pseudo-intellectuals, he finds it very difficult to say ‘no’ to anyone.’
    • ‘Public attitudes can quite clearly be changed - but not by legislation which reinforces the notion that refugees are scroungers trying to rip us off.’
    • ‘And I have known more dole scroungers who refuse to work than I care to think about.’
    • ‘She wants everyone to know she is not a scrounger and that life in Britain for a newly arrived asylum seeker is a struggle.’
    • ‘We're not scroungers, just trying to do the best for our children.’
    • ‘This report decried the rise of begging in the resort, and was headlined: ‘The homeless and the scroungers mar genteel Bournemouth's image’.’
    • ‘He would be regaling his friends for years with stories about welfare scroungers driving late-model saloon cars: ‘I seen it with me own eyes -’’
    beggar, borrower, parasite, scrounge, cadger
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