freebie also freeby, 1942 (adj.); 1946 (n.); perhaps as early as 1900; formed "arbitrarily" [OED] from FREE (Cf. free) (adj.).

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  • freebie — free‧bie [ˈfriːbiː] noun [countable] informal MARKETING something that you are given free, for example to encourage you to buy more of the same thing or to buy something else: • You get three freebies for every 20 cases of soda purchased. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • freebie — [n] something for nothing complimentary ticket, free lunch, free pass, gift, giveaway, handout; concept 337 …   New thesaurus

  • freebie — ► NOUN informal ▪ a thing given free of charge …   English terms dictionary

  • freebie — ☆ freebie or freebee [frē′bē ] n. [arbitrary extension of FREE] Slang something given or gotten free of charge, as a complimentary theater ticket …   English World dictionary

  • freebie — free|bie [ˈfri:bi:] n informal something that you are given free, usually by a company on a freebie ▪ The company paid for the minister to fly out to Australia on a freebie. freebie holiday/hotel/flight etc ▪ A waiter was handing round freebie… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • freebie — UK [ˈfriːbɪ] / US [ˈfrɪbɪ] noun [countable] Word forms freebie : singular freebie plural freebies informal something that someone gives you that you do not have to pay for …   English dictionary

  • freebie — n Something that costs nothing. The pen was a freebie I picked up at a show. 1940s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • freebie — [[t]fri͟ːbi[/t]] freebies N COUNT A freebie is something that you are given, usually by a company, without having to pay for it. [INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • freebie — AND freebee; freeby [“fribi] n. something given away free. □ They gave me a freebie with my purchase. □ I expect a freebee when I spend a lot of money like that …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • freebie — or freebee noun Etymology: by alteration from obsolete freeby gratis, irregular from free Date: 1928 something (as a theater ticket) given without charge …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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