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.

Nearby words

  1. freeholder,
  2. freeing port,
  3. freekeh,
  4. freelance,
  5. freelancer,
  6. freeloader,
  7. freely,
  8. freeman,
  9. freeman, douglas southall,
  10. freeman, mary eleanor wilkins

Origin of freeload

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

Related formsfree·load·er, noun

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Examples from the Web for 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

freeload

/ (ˈfriːˌləʊd) /

verb

(intr) slang to act as a freeloader; sponge
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