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[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.
Origin of freeload
1950-55, Americanism; back formation from freeloader (free + load + -er1)
Related forms
freeloader, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for freeloading
  • Most of the uninsured in this country aren't lazy, freeloading hobos who don't wanna work.
  • In so doing, they were freeloading off of the rest of society.
  • Yesterday's freeloading hippie is today's wireless world traveler.
  • freeloading crows start to contribute to group efforts when hardworking birds become handicapped, a study shows.
  • Some members suspected that others in the tribe were freeloading, living off the daily tofu without doing much to earn it.
  • Celebrities and figures in the worlds of sports, business and politics are often guilty of freeloading.
British Dictionary definitions for freeloading


(intransitive) (slang) to act as a freeloader; sponge
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Slang definitions & phrases for freeloading



: my freeloading cousins/ your freeloading pals


Eating, drinking, etc, without paying: Free loading has diminished (1940s+)



: During the depression women free loads were rare


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.
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