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synonyms for freeloader

  • barnacle
  • leech
  • moocher
  • parasite
  • sponge
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What is another word for freeloader?

The word freeloader is typically applied to someone who is thought to be unfairly taking advantage of others by refusing to be self-sufficient when they could be. (Children usually wouldn’t be called freeloaders because they’re typically not expected to pay rent, for example.)

Synonyms for freeloader that are even more informal include sponger and moocher, or its short form, mooch. (See the next section for more on the difference between freeloader and moocher.)

Synonyms that are even more negative are leech and parasite.

Freeloader and these synonyms and others are sometimes used in an extremely derogatory way in reference to people who are the recipients of charity or government assistance. Such use is criticized as offensive due to suggesting that they are somehow stealing from others in society due to not paying their “fair share.”

What is the difference between freeloader and moocher?

What is the opposite (antonym) of freeloader?

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WORDS RELATED TO FREELOADER

  • bloodsucker
  • crustacean
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  • hanger-on
  • leech
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