Sponge vs Boozer - What's the difference?

Sponge | boozer |

As nouns the difference between Sponge and boozer

is that Sponge is (countable) any of various marine invertebrates, mostly of the phylum porifera , that have a porous skeleton often of silica while boozer is (colloquial) one who drinks habitually; a drunkard.

As a verb Sponge

is (slang) to take advantage of the kindness of others.



  • (countable) Any of various marine invertebrates, mostly of the phylum Porifera , that have a porous skeleton often of silica.
  • (countable) A piece of porous material used for washing (originally made from the invertebrates, now often made of plastic).
  • * {{quote-book, year=1913, author=
  • , title=Lord Stranleigh Abroad , chapter=5 citation , passage=She removed Stranleigh’s coat with a dexterity that aroused his imagination. The elder woman returned with dressings and a sponge , which she placed on a chair.}}
  • (uncountable) A porous material such as sponges consist of.
  • (informal) A heavy drinker.
  • (countable, uncountable) A type of light cake; sponge cake.
  • (countable, uncountable, British) A type of steamed pudding.
  • (slang) 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).
  • (countable) A form of contraception that is inserted vaginally; a .
  • Any spongelike substance.
  • # Dough before it is kneaded and formed into loaves, and after it is converted into a light, spongy mass by the agency of the yeast or leaven.
  • # Iron from the puddling furnace, in a pasty condition.
  • # Iron ore, in masses, reduced but not melted or worked.
  • A mop for cleaning the bore of a cannon after a discharge. It consists of a cylinder of wood, covered with sheepskin with the wool on, or cloth with a heavy looped nap, and having a handle, or staff.
  • The extremity, or point, of a horseshoe, answering to the heel.
  • Synonyms

    * (marine invertebrate) sea sponge, bath sponge, poriferan, porifer * (piece of porous material used for washing) bath sponge * (light cake) sponge cake * (type of steamed pudding) sponge pudding * (person) freeloader, sponger

    Derived terms

    * breadcrumb sponge * demosponge * sea sponge * spongey * sponge bath * sponge cake

    See also

    * foam


  • (slang) To take advantage of the kindness of others.
  • * L'Estrange
  • The fly is an intruder, and a common smell-feast, that sponges upon other people's trenchers.
  • To get by imposition; to scrounge.
  • * , chapter=13
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=“[…] They talk of you as if you were Croesus—and I expect the beggars sponge on you unconscionably.” And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes.}}
    (Jonathan Swift)
  • To deprive (somebody) of something by imposition.
  • * South
  • How came such multitudes of our nation to be sponged of their plate and their money?
  • To clean, soak up, or dab with a sponge.
  • To suck in, or imbibe, like a sponge.
  • To wipe out with a sponge, as letters or writing; to efface; to destroy all trace of.
  • (Hooker)
  • To be converted, as dough, into a light, spongy mass by the agency of yeast or leaven.
  • Synonyms

    * blag




    (en noun)
  • (colloquial) One who drinks habitually; a drunkard.
  • * 1891 , , 1963, page 25,
  • “Tess is a fine figure o? fun, as I said to myself today when I zeed her vamping round parish with the rest,” observed one of the elderly boozers in an undertone.
  • * 1918 , Charles Stelzle, Why Prohibition! , 2008, page 49,
  • But they have only one insurance rate for ordinary men — drinkers and non-drinkers, and they compel the man who doesn?t booze to make up for the extra amount that the boozer should pay.
  • * 2009 November, Neville Franks, The Lost Boy of the Ozarks'', '' , page 82,
  • Every swig made me more relaxed, and happy, and I was definitely a boozer' again, and I wondered why I had ever thought I wasn't a ' boozer and I took another pull and I was going to clap BC on the back and thank him for being such a good hotel manager, and faithful guide, for being my friend, and then I passed out.
  • (UK, slang) A public house.
  • (UK, military, obsolete) A World War II fighter radar detector, fitted to British bombers.
  • (Africa) A vehicle equipped with tanks for supplying water to remote locations.
  • * 2010 June 8, Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard) , page 2,
  • Mr. Mututho: Mr. Speaker, Sir, the Assistant Minister should assure the people of Vihiga that they will get a water boozer' because the sick people are not party to this complication. Could he assure the people that he can send a ' boozer in his capacity even if he cannot supply power or a standby generator, so that they can have a small well?

    See also

    * booze