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-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

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The bigger plot problem is Mary Ellen’s friend Daniela (Katie Sarife), a free spirit fascinated by the Warrens and their collection of underworld delights. Darren Franich,, "Annabelle Comes Home pushes the Conjuring universe toward absurdity: EW review," 24 June 2019 Norma was a free spirit who embraced the time spent with those close to her and made wonderful memories with all of them., "Norma Cutler," 5 June 2019 Harris’ defense team has long sought to minimize his leadership role in the Ghost Ship, and to paint him as a sympathetic free spirit who worked as a member of a community. Megan Cassidy,, "Ghost Ship defendant drilled in second day of cross-examination," 19 June 2019 Many had rainbow pins and a few wore butterfly wings to remember her free spirit. Washington Post, "Slain Utah girl remembered for her kindness, love of nature," 4 June 2019 Stephanie had an energy about her, always positive, optimistic, appreciative and caring, a free spirit. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Mother, 35, Slips and Is Swept Over Waterfall to Her Death: 'Her Children Were Her World'," 4 June 2019 Vogueworld Willow Smith Found Her Latest Red Carpet Look on Instagram As a highly fashionable free spirit, Willow Smith adapts her wardrobe endlessly to suit her day-to-day mood. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Willow Smith Found Her Latest Red Carpet Look on Instagram," 22 May 2019 Madison’s other best friend from college, free spirit, and charming hedonist. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Shay Mitchell Will Star Alongside Brenda Song and Kat Dennings In Hulu Series "Dollface"," 11 Apr. 2019 But Gorbacheva is a free spirit, magnetic with a frenetic, open energy. Vogue, "Irina Gorbacheva Is Breaking the Mold of What It Means to Be a Russian Actress," 18 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of free spirit

1931, in the meaning defined above

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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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