care·​free | \ ˈker-ˌfrē How to pronounce carefree (audio) \

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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What many don’t know is that EcoValley’s seemingly carefree elephants are brought here for the day from nearby Maetaman—and that the two attractions are actually a single business. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism," 12 June 2019 This sure isn’t 2017, when the Warriors went 18-1 in a relatively carefree ride to the championship. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "NBA Finals: Warriors’ comeback ability faces ultimate test," 7 June 2019 Bishop—who made a name for herself through her carefree, cozy interiors inspired by travel, relaxation, and family—designs vacation spots that feel just like home. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How One Designer Dreams Up Exciting Island Getaways That Function Like Home," 17 May 2019 Similar to Netflix’s sci-fi anthology series, Dirty Computer examines the unanticipated consequences when modern society and technology mix, all with some carefree feminist vibes thrown in., "Janelle Monáe Is The Hero In Her Own Black Mirror Episode," 29 Apr. 2018 Summer, that most carefree of seasons, is also a time when readers are, paradoxically, drawn to reading about murder, violence, deception and other unsavory acts. Richard Lipez, Washington Post, "Looking for a summer thriller? Here are 9 picks for your beach bag.," 20 June 2019 The state of being carefree; light-heartedness urfirnis (noun). Mary Hui, Quartz, "Karmadharaya, thymele, and tjaele: Words from the Spelling Bee’s 8-way-tie finish," 31 May 2019 With an Elvis impersonator as the officiant, Ring Pops for wedding bands, and Diplo as wedding DJ, the festivities fit the duo's goofy and carefree personalities—but the decision was legally practical too. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Joe Jonas Explains Why He Married Sophie Turner in Las Vegas," 6 June 2019 The reality of drinking is not so fun and carefree. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How Giving Up Happy Hour Saved My Sanity and My Health," 11 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce carefree (audio) \

Kids Definition of carefree

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

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