freewheeling

adjective
free·​wheel·​ing | \ ˌfrē-ˈhwē-liŋ How to pronounce freewheeling (audio) , -ˈwē-\

Definition of freewheeling

: free and loose in form or manner: such as
a : heedless of social norms or niceties the raider style of his freewheeling father— Garry Wills
b : not repressed or restrained freewheeling promiscuity a freewheeling competitive spirit
c : not bound by formal rules, procedures, or guidelines a freewheeling investigation
d : loose and undisciplined : not defensive a freewheeling style of hockey

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Other Words from freewheeling

freewheelingly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for freewheeling

Synonyms

footloose

Antonyms

tied

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Examples of freewheeling in a Sentence

She led a freewheeling life in the city. James Bond has long been the model of the freewheeling hero who encounters danger and excitement in every corner of the globe.

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Welcome to Betomania, a nascent presidential campaign that’s still learning how to balance the 46-year-old Democrat’s freewheeling style with the demands of running a nationwide political organization. Alexandra Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "O’Rourke’s casual style to be tested by national campaign," 25 Mar. 2019 Rogers’s personal style is much like her home-life situation at the moment: fairly undefined and freewheeling. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Maggie Rogers’s Personal Style Is a Mix of a “Space Cowgirl and San Francisco Art Teacher”—She Tells Us Why," 18 Mar. 2019 All available polls in the race were conducted prior to President Trump's freewheeling rally Saturday night in suburban Columbus, however, and Republicans are hoping that the combination of big spending and national star power will turn the tide. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Polls on eve of crucial Ohio special election show 'neck and neck' race as Trump, GOP face national test," 6 Aug. 2018 America’s approach to etiquette has always been more freewheeling than Europe’s. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "The Lost Art of the Apology Letter," 2 Aug. 2018 While Google has always prided itself on an open and freewheeling corporate culture, activism is newer to other big tech employers. Joseph Menn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Silicon Valley employees increasingly push companies on ethics," 13 July 2018 But Giuliani's talkative and freewheeling style has irritated many White House officials, who say his frequent pronouncements are unhelpful and have often put the president in difficult positions. chicagotribune.com, "Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney," 10 July 2018 The viewers only feel the propulsive energy and freewheeling expression of his announcing. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "The 'Bipolar Rock 'N' Roller' calls some of combat sports' biggest events. But his real fight is against the stigma of mental illness," 23 May 2018 His background is a bit more freewheeling, but also dark: his father, a schoolteacher, is kind and supportive, while his mother, who suffered a traumatic brain injury years before, has a penchant for shedding her clothes in public. refinery29.com, "On Chesil Beach Review: Can You Have Love Without Sex?," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of freewheeling

1931, in the meaning defined above

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freewheeling

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of freewheeling

: free and loose in style or manner : not held back by rules, duties, or worries : not controlled or limited

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