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sponger (n.)

1670s, "parasite," agent noun from sponge (v.) in figurative sense. As a job on a cannon crew, by 1828.

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Definitions of sponger from WordNet

sponger (n.)
a workman employed to collect sponges;
sponger (n.)
a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage;
Synonyms: leech / parasite / sponge
From wordnet.princeton.edu