1. [late 16C+] a heavy drinker; thus spongy adj.
2. [17C+] someone who lives through cadging off others, thus spongy, cadging.
3. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) a fool, a naïve countryman.
4. [mid-19C] (US Und.) a miser.
5. [1920s–30s] (US Und.) a prohibition officer.
1. [mid-19C+] to give in, to surrender.
2. [1910s–30s] to die.