1 : to persuade someone to give you (something) for free [+ obj] ▪ I managed to scrounge enough money for a bus ticket. — often + off or from ▪ I scrounged a few bucks off my friend for lunch. ▪ She scrounged some money from her folks. [no obj] ▪ He's always scrounging off his friends instead of paying for things himself.2 US : to get or find something by looking in different places, asking different people, etc. [no obj] ▪ We scrounged around for firewood. [+ obj] ▪ We managed to scrounge some firewood. — often + up ▪ I tried to scrounge up some tickets to the show, but I didn't have any luck.
— scroung·er noun, plural scroung·ers [count]