care·​free | \ˈker-ˌfrē \

Definition of carefree 

: free from care: such as

a : having no worries or troubles spent a carefree day at the lake

b : irresponsible is carefree with his money

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Examples of carefree in a Sentence

She has a carefree attitude toward life. They spent a carefree day at the lake.

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Here at Vogue, footwear plays a big part in this the carefree hot-weather attitude. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Vogue Staffers Pick the Most Chic and Comfortable Shoes to Wear to Work This Summer," 28 June 2018 Kenny Chesney is in many ways the Jimmy Buffett of his generation, leading members of his No Shoes Nation in one carefree sing-a-long after another at the summer's biggest party, which rolled into Chase Field Saturday. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Kenny Chesney celebrates the No Shoes Nation lifestyle in crowd-pleasing concert at Chase Field," 24 June 2018 This day gives men a chance to be carefree and young, but mostly ... free. Danielle Young, The Root, "14 Black Holidays We Wish Were Real That Are Not Juneteenth, Kwanzaa or MLK Day," 19 June 2018 Serena was the heavy favorite in the final but was noticeably tense the entire match, which a carefree Sharapova capitalized on. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Serena v. Sharapova: The brief history of a burning non-rivalry," 4 June 2018 While ultra-straight, super long strands look relatively carefree, achieving that length is truly a feat. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "Jennifer Lopez Wore 50-Inch Hair Extensions at the Billboard Latin Music Awards," 27 Apr. 2018 Many of the posts used a recent photo of Selena relaxing on a yacht looking gorgeous and very carefree. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Twitter Is Celebrating That Selena Gomez Will Never Ever Date Justin Bieber Again," 9 July 2018 She's worn this carefree yet classy look to many royal events through the years. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "How Will Princess Eugenie Wear Her Hair on Her Wedding Day?," 7 July 2018 Far from being carefree, sea turtles across the globe are heavily burdened by debilitating soft-tissue tumors. Jessica Alice Farrell, Smithsonian, "Should We Share Human Cancer Treatments With Tumorous Turtles?," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of carefree

1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carefree

see care entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of carefree

: having no worries or problems : free from care


care·​free | \ˈker-ˌfrē \

Kids Definition of carefree

: free from care or worry Carefree children skipped through the park.

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