devil-may-care

[ dev-uh l-mey-kair ]
/ ˈdɛv əl meɪˈkɛər /

adjective

reckless; careless; rollicking.

Nearby words

  1. devil's-bit,
  2. devil's-club,
  3. devil's-paintbrush,
  4. devil's-tongue,
  5. devil's-walking-stick,
  6. devilfish,
  7. devilish,
  8. devilkin,
  9. devilled,
  10. devilment

Origin of devil-may-care

First recorded in 1785–95

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British Dictionary definitions for devil-may-care

devil-may-care

adjective

careless or reckless; happy-go-luckya devil-may-care attitude
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Word Origin and History for devil-may-care

devil-may-care

adj.

1837 (but suggested in other forms by 1793).

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