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Synonyms for spongespʌndʒ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sponge(noun)

    a porous mass of interlacing fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used

    leech, parazoan, sponger, poriferan, quick study, parasite

  2. quick study, sponge(noun)

    someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily

    "she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge"

    leech, parazoan, sponger, poriferan, sponge, quick study, parasite

  3. leech, parasite, sponge, sponger(noun)

    a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

    sponger, parasite, parazoan, hirudinean, sponge, leech, bloodsucker, quick study, poriferan

  4. sponge, poriferan, parazoan(verb)

    primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies

    leech, parazoan, sponger, poriferan, sponge, quick study, parasite

  5. sponge(verb)

    wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten

    bum, grub, cadge, mooch

  6. mooch, bum, cadge, grub, sponge(verb)

    ask for and get free; be a parasite

    loaf, shnorr, arse around, cadge, frig around, schnorr, lounge around, arse about, waste one's time, loll around, bum around, scrounge, bum, lounge about, sponge, grub, loll, mooch, bum about

  7. sponge(verb)

    erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard

    bum, grub, cadge, mooch

  8. sponge(verb)

    soak up with a sponge

    bum, grub, cadge, mooch

  9. sponge(verb)

    gather sponges, in the ocean

    bum, grub, cadge, mooch


  1. sponge(noun)


  2. sponge(noun)

    To take advantage of the kindness of others.

    sea sponge, poriferan, bath sponge, blag

  3. sponge(noun)

    To clean, soak up, or dab with a sponge.

    bath sponge, blag

  4. sponge(noun)

    A type of light cake; sponge cake.

    sponge cake

  5. sponge(noun)

    A type of steamed pudding.

    sponge pudding

  6. sponge(noun)

    A person who takes advantage of the generosity of others (abstractly imagined to absorb or soak up the money or efforts of others like a sponge).

    freeloader, sponger

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sponge

    To clean is to make clean by removing dirt, impurities, or soil of any kind. Cleanse implies a worse condition to start from, and more to do, than clean. Hercules cleansed the Augean stables. Cleanse is especially applied to purifying processes where liquid is used, as in the flushing of a street, etc. We brush clothing if dusty, sponge it, or sponge it off, if soiled; or sponge off a spot. Furniture, books, etc., are dusted; floors are mopped or scrubbed; metallic utensils are scoured; a room is swept; soiled garments are washed; foul air or water is purified. Cleanse and purify are used extensively in a moral sense; wash in that sense is archaic. Compare AMEND.

    brush, clean, cleanse, disinfect, dust, lave, mop, purify, rinse, scour, scrub, sweep, wash, wipe

    befoul, besmear, besmirch, bespatter, contaminate, corrupt, debase, defile, deprave, pollute, soil, spoil, stain, sully, taint, vitiate

    Cleanse of or from physical or moral defilement; cleanse with an instrument; by an agent; the room was cleansed by the attendants with soap and water.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sponge(v. a.)

    wipe (with a sponge), cleanse

  2. sponge(v. a.)

    dampen, wet

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

sponges, towel, loofah, chameleon

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