freewheeling

adjective free·wheel·ing \ ˌfrē-ˈhwē-liŋ , -ˈwē- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

freewheelingly

adverb

Examples of freewheeling in a Sentence

  1. She led a freewheeling life in the city.

  2. 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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First Known Use of freewheeling

1931


FREEWHEELING Defined for English Language Learners

freewheeling

adjective

Definition of freewheeling for English Language Learners

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



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