Having no attachments, especially romantic ones, and free to do as one pleases. For example, When I was in my twenties, footloose and fancy-free, I would travel at the drop of a hat. Both of these words have long been used separately; their pairing dates only from the 1900s.
[foo t-muh n] /ˈfʊt mən/ noun, plural footmen. 1. a liveried servant who attends the door or carriage, waits on table, etc. 2. a metal stand before a fire, to keep something hot. 3. Archaic. an infantryman. /ˈfʊtmən/ noun (pl) -men 1. a male servant, esp one in livery 2. a low four-legged metal stand […]
[foo t-mahrk] /ˈfʊtˌmɑrk/ noun 1. a footprint. /ˈfʊtˌmɑːk/ noun 1. a mark or trace of mud, wetness, etc, left by a person’s foot on a surface
[foo t-noht] /ˈfʊtˌnoʊt/ noun 1. an explanatory or documenting or comment at the bottom of a page, referring to a specific part of the text on the page. 2. a minor or tangential comment or event added or subordinated to a main statement or more important event. verb (used with object), footnoted, footnoting. 3. to […]