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freeload

[free-lohd, -lohd] /ˈfriˈloʊd, -ˌloʊd/
verb (used without object), Informal.
1.
to take advantage of others for free food, entertainment, etc.
verb (used with object)
2.
to get by freeloading:
He freeloaded several meals a week.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55, Americanism; back formation from freeloader (free + load + -er1)
Related forms
freeloader, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for freeloader

freeloader

/ˈfriːˌləʊdə/
noun
1.
(slang) a person who habitually depends on the charity of others for food, shelter, etc
Derived Forms
freeloading, noun

freeload

/ˈfriːˌləʊd/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (slang) to act as a freeloader; sponge
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Word Origin and History for freeloader
n.

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

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

freeloader

noun
  1. A person who freeloads; moocher, sponge: Congressmen are great freeloaders
  2. A gathering or party with free refreshments: Somebody was tossing a free-loader over on Park Avenue (1930s+)

freeload

noun

: During the depression women free loads were rare

verb

To be fed, entertained, supported, etc, without charge; live parasitically; sponge: They will successfully free load the rest of their lives/ who gives freeloading off a famous father a bad name (1940s+)


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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