Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



EB1911 - Volume 01 - Page 001 - 1.svg This entry lacks etymological information. If you are familiar with the origin of this term, please add it to the page per etymology instructions. You can also discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.

Shortened from, “The devil may care, but I do not”.


devil-may-care (comparative more devil-may-care, superlative most devil-may-care)

  1. Carefree, reckless, irresponsible.
    • 1837, Charles Dickens, chapter 49, in The Pickwick Papers:
      Not that this would have worried him much, anyway—he was a mighty free and easy, roving, devil-may-care sort of person.
    • 1910, Jeffery Farnol, chapter 3, in The Broad Highway:
      Now, upon his whole person, from the crown of his unkempt head down to his broken, dusty boots, there yet clung that air of jaunty, devil-may-care rakishness.
    • 2011 May 21, Altin Raxhimi, "The Trouble with Democracy: Albania's Worrisome Vote," Time:
      Tiny Albania emerged from communist dictatorship in 1990 only to tumble into a rough world of gangsters, fraudulent financial machinations and incompetent governance, exacerbated by lawless capitalism and devil-may-care politics.