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[free-bee] /ˈfri bi/
noun, Informal.
something given without charge or cost, as a ticket to a performance or sports event or a free sample at a store:
Freebies can be very useful in promoting your brand or business.
Also, freebee.
1925-30, Americanism; free + -bie, of uncertain origin; perhaps originally a noun phrase free bee, with bee2 as in put the bee on to borrow money with no intention of repaying it Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for freebie
  • Have a special university fund for couple hires so that departments don't give up lines for a partner but instead get a freebie.
  • Math- the ability to create abstractions and symbolic representations of things, which is what words are- came as a freebie.
  • In fact it's pretty much a freebie that comes along with space colonization.
  • The mere addition of water is considered a given, kind of a freebie.
  • But, the freebie lunch thinks that is not thank you.
British Dictionary definitions for freebie


something provided without charge
without charge; free
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for freebie

also freeby, 1942 (adj.); 1946 (n.); perhaps as early as 1900; formed "arbitrarily" [OED] from free (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for freebie



Anything given or enjoyed free of charge: That meal was a freebie and it didn't cost me anything/ Holiday Inn bartenders are enjoined from giving freebies to customers, no matter how much they spend (1900+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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