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fancy-free

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adjective
  1. free from any emotional tie or influence, especially that of love.

Origin of fancy-free

First recorded in 1580–90; fancy + -free
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Examples from the Web for fancy-free

Historical Examples

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

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • Where, if not in dealing with motives and causes, may one be fancy-free?

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

    On the Stairs

    Henry B. Fuller

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

  • It was indeed the swan-song of the heart-whole and fancy-free—the swan-song of the unawakened.


British Dictionary definitions for fancy-free

fancy-free

adjective
  1. having no commitments; carefree
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Word Origin and History for fancy-free

adj.

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

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