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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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  • A long, precious hour was still ahead of them, rich in care-free pleasures and oblivion.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
  • Gay, laughing, healthy, buxom—a natural product of her care-free environment.

    Theft Jack London
  • Their care-free existence enables them to attain the highest average age.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • Their well-kept, happy, care-free condition did not make them freemen.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • The happy, care-free people were going still about the world.

    My Little Sister Elizabeth Robins
  • And now, suddenly, he was care-free, filled with an absurd joy.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • And what a gay, care-free life Denver led, as viewed by her through the eyes of Mrs. Dudley!

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • She laughed, she ran, she reveled in being just her care-free, girlish self.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • A dream-like, care-free life, lived by a people sweet to know, handsome and generous and loving.

  • 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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