Etymology
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footloose (adj.)

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

updated on April 24, 2016

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Definitions of footloose from WordNet

footloose (adj.)
free to go or do as one pleases;
Americans have always been a footloose people always moving on
a footloose young man eager to see the big city
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.