2. [syn: leech, parasite, sponge, sponger]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sponger \Spon"ger\ (-j[~e]r), n.
1. One who sponges, or uses a sponge.
2. One employed in gathering sponges.
3. Fig.: A parasitical dependent; a hanger-on.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
28 Moby Thesaurus words for "sponger":
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