freeloader freeloader  /f ˈri ˌloʊ dər/


  • (n) someone who takes advantage of the generosity of others


  1. His chapter on Henry David Thoreau as Mamma's boy and great American freeloader is a model of concision and balance.
  2. And, much as he loves to play the high-rolling sport, he is actually a compulsive freeloader who mooches lodgings, meals, drinks and anything else he can.
  3. Some, however, see a freeloader factor at work.


  1. No more free rides on LA subways

    LOS ANGELES - A hybridized honor system -- in place for subway and light-rail riders since 1990 -- will go the way of the Pacific Electric Red Car starting at 11 a.m. today when transit officials lock the turnstiles at the subway entrances beneath Union Station and require riders to pay. Photo gallery: Subway Freeloader Crackdown
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Daily News

  2. Gunman skips out on $100 dinner bill

    The freeloader pepper sprayed a manager and pointed a gun at witnesses, cops say.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: U-T San Diego


  1. The soon-to-be ex-husband of Star Jones says he's "been called a gigolo, a freeloader, unemployed, a sham and many other things that don't bear repeating" since Jones filed for divorce in March.
    on May 14, 2008 By: Star Jones Source: San Jose Mercury News

  2. "The thing that really bothered me was, he didn't have a ticket," Rudy recalled. "He was a freeloader!"
    on Oct 17, 2007 By: Rudy Giuliani Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "The problem with all these free projects is that they fail because everybody wants to be a freeloader and nobody wants to provide Wi-Fi," said Varsavsky.
    on Feb 5, 2006 By: Martin Varsavsky Source: USA Today

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