from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hawker or peddler.
- n. A beggar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A packman or itinerant huckster.
- n. One who gets his living by trickery or begging.
- n. One who carries hawks on a cadge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a carrier; a packman.
- n. One who carries butter, eggs, poultry, etc., to market from the country; an itinerant huckster or hawker.
- n. A person who gets a living by begging: as, “the gentleman cadger,”
- n. The bearer or carrier of hawks.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who mooches or cadges (tries to get something free)
I do not know precisely what 'cadger' means, but I imagine it to be a character like me, liable to headache, to sea-sickness, to all the infirmities 'that flesh is heir to,' and a few others besides; the friends and relations of cadgers should therefore use all soft persuasions to induce them to remain at home.
So long as a cadger [from the Scandinavian word for "huckster"] is generous in turn (though not necessarily in kind), he ought not to be considered a deadbeat, freeloader, or sponger.
See: BEGGAR, LOAF, SAUNTER. cadger: Cadging, the ancient art of imposing upon the generosity of others, is an essential skill for the would-be idler, since poverty is the easiest way to obtain a great deal of free time.
He was a sharp dresser and smooth talker imbued with the mysterious charm of the confidence man, an expert cadger of handouts from relatives, friends, and total strangers.
“O cadger, why not answer me when I first called to thee?”
The devious, dishonest, disreputable old cadger that he is.
A want of application, a restlessness of purpose, a thirsting after porter, a love of all that is roving and cadger – like in nature, shared in common with many other great geniuses, appear to have been his leading characteristics.
A car thief who hits his first wife so hard that he broke his thumb, Dean is a shiftless alcoholic cadger who dumps three wives over the three years in which the book takes place, leaving his children littered across the landscape.
SPONGE stresses the parasitic laziness, dependence, and opportunism of the cadger a shiftless sponge, always looking for a handout.
Cornwall Glossary, "Codger, cadger, a tramp; a mean pedlar; a term of contempt" and gives the primary definition as 'an elderly man, usually with a grotesque or whimsical implication...