To act without fear or worry for the future; casual, relaxed and nonchalant; happy-go-lucky attitude; sometimes considered reckless


  • The entire idiom is, “the devil may care, but I do not,” and is believed to have originated at the beginning of the 18th century - during the Golden Age of Piracy - to depict the carefree actions of pirates and their mentality, that consequences were of no concern to them (such that, only the Devil might care about what they do, is inferred).

The young child jumped into the deep end of the pool, without knowing how to swim. She had a devil-may-care attitude.

Submitted by JokerGem on September 13, 2023

Modified by TriplePurple on March 17, 2024


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