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 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 To some footloose multinationals, Singapore’s stability now looks appealing, compared with the threat of unpredictable commutes and closed schools in Hong Kong. The Economist, "DiscontentSocial unrest in places like Hong Kong is not proof of economic failure," 5 Dec. 2019 Today in Lancashire, England, Dame Vivienne Westwood got footloose for an important cause. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Vivienne Westwood Says No to Fracking With an ABBA Dance Party," 16 Oct. 2018 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,, "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 There was once a time not so long ago when teen television was pretty footloose and fancy free., "Teen TV Is Darker Than Dark & Cloak And Dagger Is The Proof," 8 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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