Definition of free spool in US English:

free spool


  • A spool on a fishing reel which may be disengaged from the rest of the reel mechanism, enabling it to spin freely; the setting on the reel which allows the spool to do this; the action of spinning freely in this way.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in Town & Country. From free + spool.


free spool

/ˌfriː ˈspuːl/