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Origin of footloose

First recorded in 1690–1700; foot + loose

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Related Words for footloose

easygoing, loose, unattached, uncommitted, unengaged

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British Dictionary definitions for footloose


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

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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