care·​free | \ ˈker-ˌfrē How to pronounce carefree (audio) \

Definition of carefree

: free from care: such as
a : having no worries or troubles spent a carefree day at the lake
b : irresponsible is carefree with his money

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Examples of carefree in a Sentence

She has a carefree attitude toward life. They spent a carefree day at the lake.
Recent Examples on the Web There's something visceral about eating with your hands, and in the case of people who eat sushi, the practice may also suggest a casual and carefree persona. Mark Robinson, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 Going out there on Thursday, being able to compete again, ready kind of not carefree but COVID free for sure. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 5 Sep. 2021 After 10 weeks of a summerized schedule, folks are back to something more managed but less carefree. Amy Drew Thompson,, 18 Aug. 2021 Burrows straddled two worlds, from the calm and carefree days soaking up waves along the Southern California coast to the booming thunder of gunfire required to grow into an elite marksman. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2021 In the opening scene, Violetta is throwing a late-night party, and the music on the surface is festive and carefree. Mike Silverman, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021 Drag is about having fun, being around people, being carefree, and often being messy [laughs]. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 4 Sep. 2021 Why then, decades later, do those golden afternoons with Brownie remain some of the most vivid, most carefree memories of my life? Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Amazon’s video-game efforts have stalled largely due to clashes between its rigid, corporate culture and the more carefree, creative vibe of the gaming world. Adam Epstein, Quartz, 14 July 2021

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First Known Use of carefree

1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carefree

see care entry 1

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The first known use of carefree was in 1621

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27 Sep 2021

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“Carefree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of carefree

: having no worries or problems : free from care


care·​free | \ ˈker-ˌfrē How to pronounce carefree (audio) \

Kids Definition of carefree

: free from care or worry Carefree children skipped through the park.

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