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- n. One who gratifies his appetites without stint; one given to indulgence in eating and drinking.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who gratifies his physical appetites without stint; one given to indulgence in eating and drinking.
- n. one given to the pleasures of the table.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who eats and drinks abundantly; one who gives free indulgence to his appetites.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who gratifies physical appetites (especially for food and drink) with more than the usual freedom
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I only am in danger: but were I the free-liver I am reported to be, all this could I get over with a wet finger, as the saying is.
You will believe I cannot: for how shall I tell him that all his compliments are misbestowed? that all his advice is thrown away? all his warnings vain? and that even my highest expectation is to be the wife of that free-liver, whom he so pathetically warns me to shun?
But then, as I have often reflected, how had I known, that a but blossoming beauty, who could carry on a private correspondence, and run such risques with a notorious wild fellow, was not prompted by inclination, which one day might give such a free-liver as myself as much pain to reflect upon, as, at the time it gave me pleasure?
Every free-liver would not say this, nor think thus — every argument he uses, condemnatory of his own actions, as some would think.
To a free-liver, as she believes me to be, who has her in his power!
Finally, he was no free-liver in the sense in which that objectionable expression is used.
The first is that the boy was a 'forger'; the second that he was a freethinker; the third that he was a free-liver.
He, already a free-thinker, was now revealed as a free-liver.
A free-liver, he could not realize that hungry people should ever think of better food.
Hurry Harry spoke pretty plainly of the whole family, as we journeyed this-a-way, and he did hint something consarning Thomas Hutter's having been a free-liver on the water, in his younger days.