free spirit

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 spirit (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 Varsos was an active outdoorsman and a free spirit who was enamored by the Alaska lifestyle, Weimer said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Oct. 2021 Owen Wilson is her priest, saluting her free spirit. Andy Hoglund,, 3 Oct. 2021 Luckily, her parents were early adopters to the free spirit’s artistic sensibilities and encouraged her to delve into all aspects of art and design. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 14 Sep. 2021 Andrée, a free spirit, grows ever more high-strung and extreme, to the point of self-harm and illness, while Sylvie proves an impotent witness to her friend’s agonized decline. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 Her Miami friends described the Brooklyn native, who lived in unit 604, as a free spirit who loved traveling and new experiences and documented them all on her blog, Follow the Toes. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 4 Aug. 2021 Ford has embraced the Wrangler’s free spirit — fishnet door storage, detachable swaybars, roll bar, drain plugs, etc. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 July 2021 Another friend remembered Lokan as a free spirit with many friends. CBS News, 9 July 2021 The indie comedy stars Johnson as free spirit Leif — a guy who gives more than a few Nick Miller vibes. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 7 July 2021

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First Known Use of free spirit

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of free spirit was in 1931

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18 Oct 2021

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“Free spirit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of free spirit

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


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