footloose

adjective
foot·loose | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌlüs \

Definition of footloose 

: having no ties : free to move about

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Synonyms & Antonyms for footloose

Synonyms

free, loose, unbound, unconfined, unrestrained

Antonyms

bound, confined, restrained, unfree

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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

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In a variation on the footloose lifestyle, some people are turning less nomadic, staying for months - and in some cases, years - and embedding themselves in communities of like-minded workers. Mike Plunkett, chicagotribune.com, "For digital nomads, work is where the laptop is," 9 July 2018 Their geographical behaviour is limited and predictable, not footloose and fancy-free. The Economist, "At any given time in their lives, people have two dozen regular haunts," 28 June 2018 And in what reads like an embarrassing instance of wish-fulfillment, Rachel Carson, the Hillary figure, is safely dead, leaving Duncan footloose and free to enjoy the world’s sympathy. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "Bill Clinton’s Novel Isn't a Thriller—It's a Fantasy," 16 June 2018 Based on the novel of the same name, the musical tells the story of an Italian war bride trapped in rural Iowa who falls in love with a footloose photographer while her family is out of town. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Theo Ubique will inaugurate new home with season that includes 'Hedwig' and 'The Full Monty'," 6 June 2018 Gellhorn tired of Hemingway's footloose, bar-hopping lifestyle based in Old Havana hotels. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Preservation effort makes Hemingway's Cuba home look like he never left," 30 May 2018 There was once a time not so long ago when teen television was pretty footloose and fancy free. refinery29.com, "Teen TV Is Darker Than Dark & Cloak And Dagger Is The Proof," 8 June 2018 Leon Lett's Super Bowl fumble The Cowboys came up with a strip sack late in Super Bowl XXVII against the Buffalo Bills, and Lett, a defensive lineman, scooped up the loose ball and ran footloose and fancy free toward the end zone. Jacob Bogage, chicagotribune.com, "Analysis: Worst sports championship gaffes, from Bill Buckner to Chris Webber to J.R. Smith," 1 June 2018 At the Migis Lodge on the northwestern banks of Maine’s Sebago Lake, the Porta family has been re-creating that footloose feeling for adults and their own children—with make-your-own ice cream sundae socials and Bingo nights—since 1968. Kate Betts, WSJ, "An Upscale Summer Camp for Grown-ups in Maine," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of footloose

1650, in the meaning defined above

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footloose

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of footloose

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

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