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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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 Jack was never there for Laura or her sister (Kristen Schaal), an LA dog-walker and free spirit who has agreed to take in the old man. Michael O'sullivan,, "'Boundaries' review: A family road trip to reconciliation and maybe, understanding," 28 June 2018 My overall inspiration was lightness and a free spirit. Vogue, "Stylist Lolita Jacobs’s Effortlessly Chic Wedding in the South of France," 26 July 2018 His chosen one — the kook — was brought to life by Lauren Lovette, in a debut that unleashed her character’s free spirit with a glittering, fluid command of the choreography’s quirky twists and turns. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, "At New York City Ballet, Hits, Misses and Daring Dancers," 6 Mar. 2018 According to Deadline, Julianne will star as Jolene, a small-town girl with a free spirit who dreams of escaping her simple life in Georgia to pursue a career in music. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Julianne Hough Will Star in Dolly Parton's Netflix Series," 31 Dec. 2018 Coleen was and always will be a free spirit, wild at heart, unique in every way and her friends and family loved her for it. Hartford Courant,, "Coleen M. Phillips," 7 Mar. 2018 Family described Kurkowski, a San Antonio native, as a free spirit who had a great sense of humor. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Family seeks answers after woman hanged self in police custody," 21 June 2018

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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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