footloose

[ foot-loos ]
/ ˈfʊtˌlus /

adjective

free to go or travel about; not confined by responsibilities.

Nearby words

  1. footlights,
  2. footling,
  3. footling presentation,
  4. footlocker,
  5. footlong,
  6. footloose and fancy-free,
  7. footman,
  8. footmark,
  9. footmen's gallery,
  10. footnote

Origin of footloose

First recorded in 1690–1700; foot + loose

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British Dictionary definitions for footloose

footloose

/ (ˈfʊtˌluːs) /

adjective

free to go or do as one wishes
eager to travel; restlessto feel footloose
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Word Origin and History for footloose

footloose

adj.

1690s, in literal sense of "free to move the feet, unshackled," from foot (n.) + loose. Figurative sense of "free to act as one pleases" is from 1873.

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