Definition of scrounger in English:



  • 1A person who borrows from or lives off others.

    • ‘Public attitudes can quite clearly be changed - but not by legislation which reinforces the notion that refugees are scroungers trying to rip us off.’
    • ‘Others will envisage a scrounger eager to take advantage of state benefits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 -’’
    • ‘She has certainly carved out a comfortable career for herself - as a complete scrounger.’
    • ‘We're not scroungers, just trying to do the best for our children.’
    • ‘She wants everyone to know she is not a scrounger and that life in Britain for a newly arrived asylum seeker is a struggle.’
    • ‘Though he can't suffer bores, scroungers and pseudo-intellectuals, he finds it very difficult to say ‘no’ to anyone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I feel like a bit of a scrounger complaining but people over 60 are due their allowance and we haven't got it.’
    • ‘It is strange, in fact, that the perception of immigrants as unproductive scroungers has had such staying power.’
    • ‘This report decried the rise of begging in the resort, and was headlined: ‘The homeless and the scroungers mar genteel Bournemouth's image’.’
    • ‘MPs, councillors and all their cronies are nothing more than scroungers, spongers, parasites.’
    • ‘And I have known more dole scroungers who refuse to work than I care to think about.’
    • ‘But I can tell you this: they are not throwing their money around on scroungers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    beggar, borrower, parasite, scrounge, cadger
    sponger, freeloader, junketeer
    mooch, moocher, schnorrer
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    1. 1.1 A cleverly resourceful person who finds and procures items for a specific purpose.
      ‘no team at camp had a better scrounger than our Eddie’