Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. unconventional; unrestrained; regardless of formalities.
  • adj. unconstrained and informal. Opposite of stiff, starchy, formal.
  • adj. lacking normal concern for propriety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sort of club held in public houses, in which the members meet to drink, smoke, sing, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. natural and unstudied

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Examples

  • Nonetheless, our system works so well that other nations are trying to move away from their harshly punitive treatment of insolvent debtors, and closer to our free-and-easy, all-is-forgiven model.

    Sink and Swim

  • No more are the free-and-easy, dare-devil days, when fortunes were made in fast runs and lucky ventures, not alone for owners, but for captains as well.

    A CLASSIC OF THE SEA

  • Having spent all his life in cramped New England, where sharpness and shrewdness had been whetted to razor-edge on the harsh stone of meagre circumstance, he had found himself abruptly in the loose and free-and-easy West, where men thought in thousand-dollar bills and newsboys dropped dead at sight of copper cents.

    THE PRODIGAL FATHER

  • It's Lincecum's free-and-easy attitude, as expressed in an ESPN profile, when he acknowledged that a daily shower is not necessarily part of his regimen.

    Pick of the day: Lincecum's Freak Chronicles

  • This was not some expression of free-and-easy Amsterdam values, but because security men at the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion had confiscated their lederhosen.

    Sepp Blatter plays game of follow the lederhosen | Harry Pearson

  • As finance minister, his main strategy for combating deflation has been to browbeat the Bank of Japan into loosening an already free-and-easy monetary policy.

    Japan's Crisis of Competence

  • Gena sees free-and-easy sexuality as a badge of honor and is so incensed at having her promiscuity questioned that she launches into a disquisition on fellatio and its nuances and how, when practiced expertly, it can lead to a regular recipient's finally popping the marriage question.

    David Finkle: First Nighter: Young Women Behave Badly in Bachelorette and So Does Bachelorette

  • Running for over a fortnight and regularly presenting two or three different short works per programme, this year's Tête à Tête festival blends its own creations with shows emanating elsewhere that fit neatly into its free-and-easy format.

    Tête à Tête festival

  • He complained to the broadminded but abstemious Orion about the “abominable foreigners” and “whisky-swilling, God-despising heathens” who infested the city, but undercut the temperance lecture by confessing his attendance at “free-and-easy” amusements—a sort of precursor to open-mic night at a modern comedy club—in the local saloons.

    LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY

  • Beginning to affect the free-and-easy physical style that went with their philosophies.

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