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[free-stahyl] /ˈfriˌstaɪl/
  1. competition in which any of the standard strokes may be used, according to the swimmer's choice.
  2. 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.
Origin of freestyle
1930-35; free + style
Related forms
freestyler, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for freestyle
  • 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.
  • Types of unicycles freestyle unicycle generally used for flatland skills and routines.
  • freestyle unicycling freestyle means to do skills, stunts, or tricks.
British Dictionary definitions for freestyle


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
  1. an amateur style of wrestling with an agreed set of rules
  2. Also called all-in wrestling. a style of professional wrestling with no internationally agreed set of rules
a series of acrobatics performed in skiing, etc
(as modifier): a freestyle event
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Word Origin and History for freestyle

1912, in swimming, in reference to a distance race in which the swimmers may use whatever stroke they choose; 1950 in general use, from free + style. As an adjective, from 1957; as a verb, by 1970 (in martial arts).

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