Sponge - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spʌndʒ|  American pronunciation of the word sponge
Brit.  |spʌn(d)ʒ|  British pronunciation of the word sponge
- 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
- someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily
- a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage (syn: leech, parasite, sponger)
- primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies


- wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten
- ask for and get free; be a parasite (syn: bum, cadge, grub, mooch)
- erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
- soak up with a sponge
- gather sponges, in the ocean


...finally told the sponge to move out of their house and to get a job...

She sponged up the spilt milk.

He sponged off his face.

She sponged the dirt off her shirt.

She always sponges meals from us.

He was standing with a bucket of icy water in one hand and a wet sponge in the other.

I am aware of a single attempt to cultivate the sponge.

I sponged myself in a hot bath.

Sponge the blood away before you cover the wound.

If the stain is fresh, sponge it off with warm water.

The old writing was sponged off and the sheet was used as a palimpsest.

Spots of dirt were sponged out.

It'll take a long time to sponge up all that pool of water.

The excess water was sponged off the top of the fabric.

The gloom sponged the forest out of the sight.

Phrasal verbs

sponge down  — clean with a sponge, by rubbing
sponge off  — clean with a sponge, by rubbing
sponge on  — apply with a sponge
sponge up  — absorb as if with a sponge

Word forms

I/you/we/they: sponge
he/she/it: sponges
present participle: sponging
past tense: sponged
past participle: sponged
singular: sponge
plural: sponges
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