[free-lohd, -lohd]
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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for freeloading

bumming, leeching, sponging, bloodsucking, parasitical

Examples from the Web for freeloading

Historical Examples of freeloading

  • Let's say you don't think of scrounging off food stores or working out a way of freeloading or hitting soup lines.

    The Old Die Rich

    Horace Leonard Gold

British Dictionary definitions for freeloading


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