free·​ware ˈfrē-ˌwer How to pronounce freeware (audio)
: software that is available for use at no cost or for a nominal usually voluntary fee

Examples of freeware in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The month before Dwarf Fortress was released on Steam (and, the brothers Zach and Tarn Adams made $15,635 in revenue, mostly from donations for their 16-year freeware project. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2023 DNS Jumper is a portable freeware tool that tests multiple public DNS services. Toby Grey, BGR, 21 Sep. 2022 The majority of unsolicited freeware will clog your computer with junk files, give you malware or provide entryways for hackers. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 19 Sep. 2021 Saunders sometimes does this stacking by hand and sometimes uses freeware used by astronomy photographers. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2020 GEBCO world map / Basemap for bottom two maps created in GeoMapApp (an excellent freeware mapping tool) Brian Romans, WIRED, 19 Sep. 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of freeware was in 1983

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“Freeware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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free·​ware ˈfrē-ˌwa(ə)r How to pronounce freeware (audio)
: software available at no cost

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