or 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.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for freebies

Contemporary Examples of freebies

  • I think its safe to say the freebies are not a big part of being a royal.

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    Royal Gifts Revealed

    Tom Sykes

    January 15, 2014

  • Fashion lovers turned out in droves for all the freebies at the second annual Fashion's Night Out.

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    Fashion Free for All

    The Daily Beast

    September 11, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for freebies



something provided without charge


without charge; free
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for freebies


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper