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[free-lohd, -lohd]
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verb (used without object) Informal.
  1. to take advantage of others for free food, entertainment, etc.
verb (used with object)
  1. to get by freeloading: He freeloaded several meals a week.

Origin of freeload

1950–55, Americanism; back formation from freeloader (free + load + -er1)
Related formsfree·load·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for freeload


  1. (intr) slang to act as a freeloader; sponge
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