1. (of an emotional state) lacking an apparent cause, focus, or object; generalized: free-floating hostility.
  2. (of people) uncommitted, as to a doctrine, political party, etc.; independent: free-floating opportunists.
  3. capable of relatively free movement.

Origin of free-floating

First recorded in 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for free-floating

Contemporary Examples of free-floating

Historical Examples of free-floating

  • At first, there was a dull resentment—a free-floating rage—which failed to find focus, but sought for outlet in any direction.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole

British Dictionary definitions for free-floating


  1. unattached or uncommitted, as to a cause, a party, etc
Derived Formsfree-floater, noun
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