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Noun: sponge  spúnj
  1. A piece of soft and porous absorbent material used for washing, absorbing liquids, etc.
    "get a sponge to wipe off the liquid"
  2. Someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily
    "she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge";
    - quick study
  3. A follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
    - leech, parasite, sponger
  4. Primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
    - poriferan, parazoan
  5. A person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)
    - drinker, imbiber, toper, juicer, soak
Verb: sponge  spúnj
  1. Wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten
  2. Ask for and get free; be a parasite
    - mooch [N. Amer], bum, cadge, grub, bludge [Austral, NZ]
  3. Erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
  4. Soak up with a sponge
  5. Gather sponges, in the ocean

Derived forms: sponges, sponged, sponging

Type of: absorbent, absorbent material, acolyte, assimilator, collect, consumer, efface, erase, follower, garner, gather, invertebrate, learner, mop, mop up, obtain, pass over, pull together, rub out, scholar, score out, wipe, wipe off, wipe up

Part of: phylum Porifera, Porifera

Encyclopedia: Sponge