foot·​loose | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌlüs How to pronounce footloose (audio) \

Definition of footloose

: having no ties : free to move about

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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 The world’s most populous democracy has a long history with footloose lawmakers. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 This is not by any means an excuse to hit the beach, footloose and sunscreen-free. Rachel Nall, Msn, SELF, 7 Feb. 2022 Of course, as future of work expert, Steve Cadigan highlights in Workquake, this bargaining relationship is complicated by the increasingly footloose nature of the modern worker. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 My inalienable right to wander around footloose and fancy-free just got snuffed. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, 27 July 2021 Back in 1893 Luigi Cecchi founded his Tuscan winery in the hills of the Chianti Classico region, which back then had a rather footloose approach to what a Chianti should be. John Mariani, Forbes, 25 June 2021 The idea that staying childless and footloose is more satisfying is, on average, wrong. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 17 June 2021 Although the Conzone family’s footloose new lifestyle may not be for everyone, their reluctance to settle down or to commit to a long-term lease is embedded in the current rental-market zeitgeist. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, 2 June 2021 The era depicted by these writers is febrile and dreadful, bourgeois and revolutionary, fast-moving and footloose, a snapshot of modernity derailed. Toby Lichtig, WSJ, 26 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of footloose

1650, in the meaning defined above

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“Footloose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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