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 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 In an almost-true story of older Americans living in their vans, Frances McDormand plays a woman who is both free spirit and labor-market refugee. The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: The 2021 Oscars," 25 Apr. 2021 Here’s to a free spirit who brought out the loopid in us all. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, "A Tribute to Shock G, Hip-Hop’s Freest Spirit," 23 Apr. 2021 Pisces is known for being a free spirit and sensitive soul, Virgo rumoured to be hyper critical and tightly wound. Gala Mukomolova, refinery29.com, "What Does The Full Moon In Virgo Mean? Use Your Intuition," 2 Mar. 2021 Player One arcade ahead of time to get in the fun, free spirit that’s embodied in Susuru’s yakitori, ramen and delicious grilled fish options. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Best Japanese: 2021 Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards," 26 Feb. 2021 But Georgia — a comely, severely emotionally damaged 30-year-old who presents to the world as a free spirit — promises her kids that this time, things are gonna be different. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Ginny & Georgia does not put the fun in 'dysfunction': Review," 23 Feb. 2021 Soonja is something, a cursing, card-playing free spirit, which is not at all what David was expecting. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Minari’ is a beautifully told family story," 12 Feb. 2021 Boss is a consummate ladies' man, a free spirit and a bar owner in NYC. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Sundance Film Festival announces lineup for 2021 digital fest, including starry directorial debuts," 15 Dec. 2020 Boss is a consummate ladies’ man, a free spirit and a bar owner in NYC. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s what’s screening at the Sundance Film Festival 2021," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of free spirit

1931, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2021

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“Free spirit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20spirit. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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