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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for fancy-free

footloose, happy-go-lucky, independent, unattached

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British Dictionary definitions for fancy-free



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

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

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