Sponger Spon"ger (-j[~e]r), n. 1. One who sponges, or uses a sponge. [1913 Webster]

2. One employed in gathering sponges. [1913 Webster]

3. Fig.: A parasitical dependent; a hanger-on. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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