free·​bie | \ ˈfrē-bē \
variants: or freebee

Definition of freebie

: something (such as a theater ticket) given without charge

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Examples of freebie in a Sentence

On the store's opening day, the manager gave out hats, small toys, and other freebies. I got this CD as a freebie for buying a receiver.

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Perhaps this freebie could be chalked up to someone hitting a switch a few days early. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "As PUBG for PS4 looms, Xbox unofficially responds: have the game for free," 7 Nov. 2018 But there can be a hangover even for winners: Consumers treated to freebies tend to peel away when subsidies end. Liza Lin, WSJ, "In China, a Dot-Com Déjà-Vu," 13 Oct. 2018 Rather than hoarding magnet freebies, try putting up magnet shelving. Marlen Komar, Curbed, "10 ways to make the most of a tiny kitchen," 25 July 2018 Microsoft is also making one more freebie available to Windows 10 users (not Teams): Whiteboard, the inking app that Microsoft first introduced last summer. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft challenges Slack with a free version of Microsoft Teams," 12 July 2018 This weekend, at several restaurant chains around the country, moms can enjoy freebies from coffee and doughnuts to frozen yogurt and chili dogs. Olivia Harrison,, "Here's Where Moms Can Eat For Free This Mother's Day," 11 May 2018 Lodge owners and outdoor outfitters from across our neighbors to the north, from Ontario to the Northwest Territories, will be on hand for seminars, freebies like maps and travel guides, and more. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to do in Milwaukee this weekend: Anime Milwaukee, Home Improvement Show and dinosaurs," 15 Feb. 2018 The talk focused on games across Blizzard Entertainment's portfolio—along with a huge freebie from its corporate siblings at Bungie. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "WarCraft 3: Reforged," 2 Nov. 2018 The first step is a freebie: Start the day by cleaning your face with a cleanser that works for your skin type. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Exactly How You Should Order Your Daily Skincare and Makeup Routine," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of freebie

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for freebie

by alteration from obsolete freeby gratis, irregular from free

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The first known use of freebie was in 1925

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English Language Learners Definition of freebie

: something that is given for free

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