[ free-stahyl ]
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  1. Swimming.

    • competition in which any of the standard strokes may be used, according to the swimmer's choice.

    • the crawl.

  2. Wrestling. catch-as-catch-can.

  1. (in other sports) a performance or routine featuring relatively free, unrestricted movement or intended to demonstrate an individual's special skills or style, as in figure skating, gymnastics, or surfing.

Origin of freestyle

First recorded in 1930–35; free + style

Other words from freestyle

  • freestyler, noun

Words Nearby freestyle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use freestyle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for freestyle


/ (ˈfriːˌstaɪl) /

  1. a competition or race, as in swimming, in which each participant may use a style of his or her choice instead of a specified style

    • an amateur style of wrestling with an agreed set of rules

    • Also called: all-in wrestling a style of professional wrestling with no internationally agreed set of rules

  1. a series of acrobatics performed in skiing, etc

  2. (as modifier): a freestyle event

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