dev·​il-may-care ˌde-vᵊl-(ˌ)mā-ˈker How to pronounce devil-may-care (audio)
: easygoing, carefree
a devil-may-care attitude

Examples of devil-may-care in a Sentence

a devil-may-care golfer who knows that it's only a game the devil-may-care speed with which he drives his sports car is going to cause a lot of grief someday the devil-may-care attitude that some people have about needlessly contributing to global warming
Recent Examples on the Web For her, Gary constructs Ron, a dashing, swaggering fellow with devil-may-care insouciance and a hint of real danger. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 Dickie has it—charisma, insouciance, a devil-may-care freedom, all of which Tom wants for himself. Hillary Kelly, The Atlantic, 19 Apr. 2024 Always a gifted trash talker with a devil-may-care smile, Green has all the makings of an arch-villain. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 Meanwhile, Mahomes’ well-deserved reputation as a deep-ball-slinging, devil-may-care talisman persists. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 3 Feb. 2024 Even Stewart's new dye job adds to her devil-may-care look. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 8 Dec. 2023 Captured by producer Eric McConnell in East Nashville during the George W. Bush administration, the 15-song LP is signature freewheelin’ Todd Snider — ragtag, devil-may-care folk-rock coupled with his Cheshire Cat ethos of lyrical curiosity and musical discovery. Garret K. Woodward, Rolling Stone, 27 Nov. 2023 But this evening's shape skewed particularly wolfish, exuding a devil-may-care air more synonymous with her Breakfast Club foils than her own ingenue origins. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 7 Nov. 2023 The results are outrageous and boisterous and harken back to Provincetown’s devil-may-care days. Christopher Muther,, 24 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of devil-may-care was in 1837

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“Devil-may-care.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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