care·​free ˈker-ˌfrē How to pronounce carefree (audio)
: free from care: such as
: having no worries or troubles
spent a carefree day at the lake
: irresponsible
is carefree with his money

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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Word History


see care entry 1

First Known Use

1621, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carefree was in 1621

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“Carefree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


care·​free ˈke(ə)r-ˌfrē How to pronounce carefree (audio)
: free from care: as
: irresponsible sense 2
carefree with money

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