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[fan-see-free] /ˈfæn siˈfri/
free from any emotional tie or influence, especially that of love.
Origin of fancy-free
First recorded in 1580-90; fancy + -free Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Ten minutes since he had entered that room heart-whole, fancy-free, with laughter on his lips, and no thought of coming fate.

    Love Works Wonders Charlotte M. Brame
  • Where, if not in dealing with motives and causes, may one be fancy-free?

  • We had no romance in the matter; there was nobody so fancy-free.

  • His pleased haste to assist her, showed that he at least, if fancy-free, was not memory-clear.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • A man travels best in his youth, when he is foot-free, care-free, fancy-free.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • Miss Blood will reach her friends as fancy-free as she left home.

    The Lady of the Aroostook William Dean Howells
  • But he watched her in society at every opportunity, and had convinced himself that she was, at all events, fancy-free.

    That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 1(of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • She was forced to believe that Pamela was as yet fancy-free.

    The Hall and the Grange Archibald Marshall
  • He has come to New Orleans in a haphazard, fancy-free way, making a trip toward Mexico.

  • Very soon, however, the attraction passed, and this Charmian left him fancy-free; but only to find his fate elsewhere.

    Keats Sidney Colvin
British Dictionary definitions for fancy-free


having no commitments; carefree
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fancy-free

"free from the trammels of love," 1580s, from fancy (n.) + free (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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