Definition of devil-may-care in English:



  • Cheerful and reckless.

    ‘lighthearted, devil-may-care young pilots’
    • ‘Luckily we like devil-may-care, feisty dames who laugh in the face of disapproval and adversity.’
    • ‘As the reality of her rehab experience settles in, Gwen realizes that her devil-may-care attitude is not the answer.’
    • ‘I adopt a more devil-may-care attitude and haven't written a cookery book for four years.’
    • ‘The folk singer Jim Croce slipped a romantic reference to the pills into "Speedball Trucker," his ode to devil-may-care driving.’
    • ‘Silver may turn out to be a classic case of the consequences of devil-may-care consumption.’
    • ‘He gave his second cousin a devil-may-care shrug.’
    • ‘The devil-may-care driving habits for which Brazilian truck drivers are known make this route intimidating for the faint-of-heart.’
    • ‘Hudson's dearth of caps probably lays with the devil-may-care attitude he adopted throughout his career.’
    • ‘I sometimes wish I had more of that devil-may-care approach in my nature.’
    • ‘The work is hard, the going rough at times, but there's the companionship of robust Navy laughter, the devil-may-care philosophy of the sea.’
    • ‘Jaon was looking smug, with his usual devil-may-care smirk plastered on his face.’
    • ‘The Libertines resemble reality TV ' celebrities ' more than old fashioned, devil-may-care rock stars.’
    • ‘The next morning we woke up to find the mild-mannered videographer had been transformed into a devil-may-care, wild-haired punk!’
    • ‘The housing market seems to be one of the reasons behind business owners ' devil-may-care attitude.’
    • ‘The same course of illness, however, may also give rise to the temptation, if we succumb to despondency or take an attitude of devil-may-care.’
    • ‘As the movie's lead, Healy could play wise-cracking and devil-may-care, but there's a cruel urban edge to his character.’
    • ‘This is more like a pornographic shoot 'em up with a couple of devil-may-care, female gunslingers in the lead.’
    • ‘Friends think his devil-may-care attitude runs even deeper now than before.’
    • ‘Dudley evolved from a goofy oddity to a devil-may-care ring villain.’
    • ‘The approach requires a devil-may-care swagger, a thick skin and also thick-skinned editors, who seem to be in short supply.’
    reckless, rash, incautious, heedless, unheeding, hasty, overhasty, precipitate, precipitous, impetuous, impulsive, daredevil, hot-headed
    irresponsible, wild, foolhardy, headlong, over-adventurous, over-venturesome, audacious, death-or-glory, hare-brained, madcap, imprudent, unwise, unthinking
    nonchalant, casual, airy, breezy, flippant, swaggering, insouciant, indifferent, happy-go-lucky, easy-going
    unworried, untroubled, unconcerned
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