For example, the book "If you give a mouse a cookie, it will ask for milk."

Or another example would be a person who asks you to watch their cat for free and is thankless about it. Then, proceeds to ask a month later for you to watch their cat for a whole week for free.

Is there a word to describe this person? All I can think of is "favor-greedy".

  • Since you've tagged this as a single word request, you should include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used. Sep 14, 2022 at 16:37
  • I think this is pretty thoroughly covered by the existing question (though all the words there can be used for people who aren't ignorant and rather know and don't care that they're taking advantage of someone).
    – Laurel
    Sep 14, 2022 at 16:52
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    If you give a mouse a cookie, it will ask for milk doesn't sound very "English" to me. What we say is If you give him an inch, he'll take a mile. But that turn of phrase isn't mentioned anywhere on the linked "duplicate" page. Sep 14, 2022 at 18:11
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    It is the name of a children's book, not an English proverb, and it is more like the Animal Farm scenario. Sep 14, 2022 at 18:42
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    "Entitled" is often used in such a context, even though it includes other behaviors/thoughts.
    – Esther
    Sep 14, 2022 at 20:05

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I think that bloodsucker best describes it.

Like an insect or other animal that sucks blood.

You can see the usage here: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bloodsucker

Our landlord, the bloodsucker, just raised our rent again.

Another option could be exploiter - it's closer to the "favor-greedy" meaning.


Moocher one who exploits the generosity of others : a person who mooches off others

Parasite someone or something that resembles a biological parasite in living off of, being dependent on, or exploiting another while giving little or nothing in return

Deadbeat one who persistently fails to pay personal debts or expenses

Bloodsucker and Exploiter have been mentioned by @SeReGa


as mentioned above, moocher is the best

also about the saying mentioned above, "give him an inch...", I prefer, "you'll give him a hand, and he'll take your whole arm".

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    If you agree with another answer there's no need to post the same thing as an additional answer. Sep 17, 2022 at 13:32

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