free·​load | \ ˈfrē-ˌlōd How to pronounce freeload (audio) \
freeloaded; freeloading; freeloads

Definition of freeload

intransitive verb

: to impose upon another's generosity or hospitality without sharing in the cost or responsibility involved : sponge

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freeloader noun

Synonyms for freeload


mooch, sponge

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Examples of freeload in a Sentence

after college, he freeloaded off his parents for several years before finally moving out

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The benefits of a breakup The crux of it is that Google’s core search business is so profitable that the rest of Alphabet’s many subsidiaries are freeloading off it. Adam Seessel, Fortune, "Valuation: I’m a Google Shareholder. Here’s Why I Think More Regulation Would Be Good for Google," 26 July 2019 And foreign governments are freeloading off of our investments in innovation. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Trump to Drop Call for Medicare to Negotiate Lower Drug Prices," 10 May 2018 When the accident victim turns out to have the couple’s address in his pocket and a shady connection to Lindsey’s freeloading younger sister, Hannah (Perla Haney-Jardine), a scary situation turns terrifying. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: A Cover-Up Turns Terrifying in ‘Midnighters’," 1 Mar. 2018 Alexander Pirozzi willingly left when his girlfriend kicked him out of her Sebastian apartment for freeloading. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "He’s got a few problems: parents, girlfriend, drugs — and his arresting officer’s race?," 14 Jan. 2018 Bojack has a freeloading permanent houseguest named Todd (Aaron Paul), another human in the mix. Rachel Syme, New Republic, "Bojack Horseman’s Fourth Season Is A Masterwork of Sadness," 11 Sep. 2017 Nor is there firm evidence that bosses are freeloading. The Economist, "Theresa May v Britain’s managers," 31 Aug. 2017 The left-field wall, part of Fenway’s original construction in 1912, was meant to prevent freeloading fans from viewing the action from Lansdowne Street. Rob Fleder, Newsweek, "Ultimate Sports Fan's World Trip: Sights to See Before the Final Buzzer Sounds," 17 May 2017 What I did not read in their commentary is how the consumers of pharmaceuticals from rich, developed countries like Germany, the U.K., France, Canada and Japan continue to freeload off the U.S.... WSJ, "Patents, Drugs and Overseas Price Arbitrage," 26 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of freeload

1940, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of freeload

informal + disapproving : to get or ask for things (such as food, money, or a place to live) from people without paying for them

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