freeload

[ free-lohd, -lohd ]
/ ˈfriˈloʊd, -ˌloʊd /

verb (used without object) Informal.

to take advantage of others for free food, entertainment, etc.

verb (used with object)

to get by freeloading: He freeloaded several meals a week.

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Origin of freeload

1950–55, Americanism; back formation from freeloader (free + load + -er1)

OTHER WORDS FROM freeload

free·load·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for freeloader (1 of 2)

freeloader
/ (ˈfriːˌləʊdə) /

noun

slang a person who habitually depends on the charity of others for food, shelter, etc

Derived forms of freeloader

freeloading, noun

British Dictionary definitions for freeloader (2 of 2)

freeload
/ (ˈfriːˌləʊd) /

verb

(intr) slang to act as a freeloader; sponge
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