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

Definition of footloose

: having no ties : free to move about

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Synonyms & Antonyms for footloose


free, loose, unbound, unconfined, unrestrained


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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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 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,, "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,, "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., "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,, "Analysis: Worst sports championship gaffes, from Bill Buckner to Chris Webber to J.R. Smith," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of footloose

1650, in the meaning defined above

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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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