foot·​loose ˈfu̇t-ˌlüs How to pronounce footloose (audio)
: having no ties : free to move about

Examples of footloose in a Sentence

When she was 20, she was footloose and fancy-free, with no family or serious career to tie her down. after having been chained for so long, the suddenly footloose dog ran helter-skelter about the yard
Recent Examples on the Web These natural attributes no longer matter as firms are attracted to cities where footloose knowledge workers congregate. Ian Goldin, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2023 The result is footloose foreign capital flows out of emerging markets that are deemed riskier. Cristina Bodea, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2023 In step with policymakers in the Biden administration, the authors point to the need for fundamental changes in how governments tax corporate profits in a world of footloose balance sheets. Michael Keen and Joel Slemrod, Foreign Affairs, 24 Aug. 2021 Tip the world, and the fearful and the timid, nailed securely and drearily in place, would stay put — but the footloose and bold and adventuresome would roll into L.A. and remake themselves. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2023 While Reed is now a divorced corporate suit who’s estranged from his wife, Elena remains the footloose hippie of her university days. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 4 May 2022 But beneath that is something unexpected and even richer: anger at herself for having failed to care in time about the squalid carelessness of a tossed-off, footloose life. Jesse Green, New York Times, 12 Aug. 2022 Berry 45—the authorities saw the footloose rocker as a threat to the status quo. Eddie Dean, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 Audrey Hepburn gets footloose and fancy free in this Gershwin classic from the 1950s that’s set in the fashion salons of the always chic and stylish city of Paree. Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of footloose was in 1650

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“Footloose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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foot·​loose -ˌlüs How to pronounce footloose (audio)
: having no ties : free to roam

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