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

Definition of footloose

: having no ties : free to move about

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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 Only a Bert would get so mad at the judgmental prodding of some footloose Ernie. John Hodgman, New York Times, "Judge John Hodgman on Which Sesame Street Character You Are," 8 Apr. 2021 Vague threats were made about footloose multinationals moving to laxer jurisdictions. The Economist, "Swiss multinationals narrowly avoid new ethics standards," 5 Dec. 2020 The siren call of the road is instilled in her by her footloose father (Timothy Hutton), who believes in travel as life’s ultimate education. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Four actresses and Julie Taymor go full epic for Gloria Steinem in ‘The Glorias’," 29 Sep. 2020 This year has proven a challenging one for the footloose and fancy free. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Tired of Social Distancing at Home? Try Mongolian Glamping," 26 Aug. 2020 Building the political will to ban yachts means challenging the boat shoed, footloose forces of international capital. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Ban Yachts," 21 Aug. 2020 His footloose early career embodied the challenges and changes of that dramatic period in American letters. Dana Gioia, Los Angeles Times, "Pomona professor, poet and translator Robert Mezey dies," 29 Apr. 2020 Since then, the world has become much more footloose. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Photos From a Century of Epidemics," 20 Mar. 2020 If your dad, like many others, likes to get footloose with styling his socks, add this pack of a dozen to your cart ASAP. Simona Matovic, oregonlive, "Father’s Day is here, but is Dad’s gift? | Last-minute ideas from Amazon Prime," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of footloose

1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of footloose was in 1650

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18 Apr 2021

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“Footloose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of footloose

: able to act or move freely : not held back by ties to other people

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