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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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)
Related formsfree·load·er, noun
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Related Words for freeloader

sponge, barnacle, moocher, leech, parasite

British Dictionary definitions for freeloader


  1. slang a person who habitually depends on the charity of others for food, shelter, etc
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Derived Formsfreeloading, noun


  1. (intr) slang to act as a freeloader; sponge
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Word Origin and History for freeloader


also free-loader, by 1939, from free (adj.) + agent noun from load (v.). Related: Freeloading. As a verb, freeload is attested by 1967.

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