free spirit

noun
plural free spirits

Definition of free spirit

: a person who thinks and acts in an uninhibited way without worrying about normal social rules : nonconformist Their daughter is a real free spirit. Von der Becke thinks of himself now as a free spirit: a sort of drug-free, hard-working hippie.— Tim Cahill Here was a man of extraordinary sensitivity, political acumen, spiritual power, and sexual wildness; a free spirit if ever there was one.— Alice Walker

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Other Words from free spirit

free-spirited \ ˈfrē-​ˈspir-​ə-​təd How to pronounce free-spirited (audio) \ adjective

Examples of free spirit in a Sentence

Their daughter is a real free spirit. an artistically inclined free spirit who felt alienated and stifled while growing up in a small town
Recent Examples on the Web Melanie Griffith's free spirit takes a dark, violent turn when her ex (Ray Liotta) shows up. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Jeff Daniels on his storied 44-year acting career, and his knack for playing complicated characters," 28 Sep. 2020 Being an independent contractor appeals to your free spirit; instead of slacking off from a lack of supervision, your productivity will soar. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for August 30, 2020," 30 Aug. 2020 For instance, consider Hesse’s character Goldmund, who has no money but pursues the life of a wanderer and a free spirit. Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific American, "In Defense of the Psychologically Rich Life," 18 Aug. 2020 Establishing boundaries and enforcing rules runs contrary to your free spirit, but it must be done today; letting kids run wild could get everyone in trouble. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for August 9, 2020," 9 Aug. 2020 Redbook sat down with stars Lisa Edelstein (who plays best-selling author Abby McCarthy) and Beau Garrett (who plays free spirit Phoebe), to celebrate their return and get the scoop on the new season. Andra Chantim, Redbook, "The Stars of Bravo's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Spill on the New Season," 16 Aug. 2017 Louisville Courier Journal Hailey Spivak is a free spirit that enjoys every journey that comes in life. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville woman's backpacking trip turned into a Moroccan quarantine after COVID-19 hit," 19 May 2020 Grace Jones is a free spirit who has influenced multiple generations through her music, style and candor. Brooklyn White, Essence, "Grace Jones’s Thoughts On Self Love, Art And Trusting Your Instincts," 19 May 2020 This wasn’t the rock band’s first crack at performing this cathartic track about a particularly free spirit and magazine enthusiast. Alex Suskind, EW.com, "Grammys Salute to Prince," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of free spirit

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Free spirit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20spirit. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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free spirit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of free spirit

usually approving : a person who thinks and acts in a free way without worrying about normal social rules

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