competition in which any of the standard strokes may be used, according to the swimmer's choice.
the crawl.
Wrestling. catch-as-catch-can.
(in other sports) a performance or routine featuring relatively free, unrestricted movement or intended to demonstrate an individual's special skills or style, as in figure skating, gymnastics, or surfing.

1930–35; free + style

freestyler, noun Unabridged
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freestyle (ˈfriːˌstaɪl)
1.  a competition or race, as in swimming, in which each participant may use a style of his or her choice instead of a specified style
2.  a.  an amateur style of wrestling with an agreed set of rules
 b.  Also called: all-in wrestling a style of professional wrestling with no internationally agreed set of rules
3.  a series of acrobatics performed in skiing, etc
4.  (as modifier): a freestyle event

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Word Origin & History

1934, in swimming, 1950 in general use, from free + style; as an adj., from 1957.
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Example sentences
Digital timer counts down during presets, and counts up when blending freestyle.
In the sport of freestyle aerials, skiers are judged on their ability to perform complex jumps in the air.
Learn synchronized skating elements, music interpretation, and creative freestyle moves in a fun group atmosphere.
Skateboarding, skating and freestyle bicycling are potentially hazardous recreational activities.
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