freeload

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

freeloader, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for freeload

  • 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 freeload

freeload
/ (ˈfriːˌləʊd) /

verb

(intr) slang to act as a freeloader; sponge
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