without anxiety or worry.
requiring little care: carefree fabrics.

Origin of carefree

First recorded in 1785–95; care + free
Related formscare·free·ness, noun

Synonyms for carefree Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for care-free

Historical Examples of care-free

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

    Glory of Youth

    Temple Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for care-free



without worry or responsibility
Derived Formscarefreeness, noun
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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.

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