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

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Other talents who receive screen time include Timothée Chalamet as Laurie, Jo's childhood confidant, Laura Dern as Marmee, the girls' mother who supports their free spirit attitudes, and Meryl Streep as their scene-stealing aunt. Whitney Friedlander, CNN, "'Little Women' trailer introduces the March sisters to a new generation," 13 Aug. 2019 Gladys demanded nothing less than excellence from the people around her, and for Gretchen, who was more of a free spirit, the demands could be too much. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Caregiving means evolving relationships," 18 July 2019 Then the city could extend the vehicle-free Spirit Plaza across what is now the roadway and into Hart Plaza. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit needs to put stretch of Jefferson underground for more walkable downtown," 27 July 2019 Zuckerman keeps alive the original film’s free spirit. Donald Liebenson, latimes.com, "The surf classic ‘Gidget’ is 60 this year, and it remains the ‘absolute ultimate’," 11 July 2019 Where Hannah had been a kind of dog-training free spirit, Kristin was hyper-organized and overloaded us with information. Doree Shafrir, Vox, "The best $3,000 I ever spent: training for my dog," 9 July 2019 Princess Haya, always considered a free spirit in the world of Middle Eastern royalty, where protocol and obscurity are expected of women, has fled her husband, the ruler of Dubai, and reportedly gone into hiding in England. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Dubai ruler's wife, Princess Haya, goes into hiding in UK and hires divorce lawyer: report," 5 July 2019 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, EW.com, "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. courant.com, "Norma Cutler," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of free spirit

1931, in the meaning defined above

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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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