freebie

or free·bee

[free-bee]

noun Informal.

something given without charge or cost, as a ticket to a performance or sports event or a free sample at a store: Freebies can be very useful in promoting your brand or business.

Nearby words

  1. free-thinker,
  2. free-to-air,
  3. free-trade zone,
  4. free-trader,
  5. freebase,
  6. freeboard,
  7. freeboard deck,
  8. freeboard length,
  9. freeboot,
  10. freebooter

Origin of freebie

1925–30, Americanism; free + -bie, of uncertain origin; perhaps originally a noun phrase free bee, with bee2 as in put the bee on to borrow money with no intention of repaying it

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British Dictionary definitions for freebees

freebie

noun

something provided without charge

adjective

without charge; free
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Word Origin and History for freebees

freebie

also freeby, 1942 (adj.); 1946 (n.); perhaps as early as 1900; formed "arbitrarily" [OED] from free (adj.).

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