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[kair-free] /ˈkɛərˌfri/
without anxiety or worry.
requiring little care:
carefree fabrics.
Origin of carefree
First recorded in 1785-95; care + free
Related forms
carefreeness, noun
1. lighthearted, joyous, elated, cheerful, gleeful, blithe. Unabridged
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  • And now, suddenly, he was care-free, filled with an absurd joy.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • The care-free, wholesome, out-of-door life at Mayberry seemed to suit her.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She laughed, she ran, she reveled in being just her care-free, girlish self.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • "I had my happy days—my days of care-free youth," the unquiet man was saying.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • They laughed together, the care-free laughter of their golden age.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • His laughter rippled up to us care-free as that of a schoolboy.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • I leaned on the edge of the table and gave them the most care-free grin I could summon.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • I crave the gaiety and insouciance of Roberta's care-free Bohemians.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • It was music, mirth, care-free happiness and frolic personified.

    Pocket Island Charles Clark Munn
  • As much as she loved her care-free Judy, she never quite approved of her.

British Dictionary definitions for care-free


without worry or responsibility
Derived Forms
carefreeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for care-free

also carefree, "free from cares," 1795, from care (n.) + free (adj.). In Old English and Middle English this idea was expressed by careless.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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