1. Free from care or anxiety. hence, cheerful; light-hearted.
Sleep she as sound as careless infancy. --Shak.
2. Having no care; not taking ordinary or proper care; negligent; unconcerned; heedless; inattentive; unmindful; regardless.
My brother was too careless of his charge. --Shak.
He grew careless of himself. --Steele.
3. Without thought or purpose; without due care; without attention to rule or system; unstudied; inconsiderate; spontaneous; rash; as, a careless throw; a careless expression.
He framed the careless rhyme. --Beattie.
4. Not receiving care; uncared for. [R.]
Their many wounds and careless harms. --Spenser.
Syn: -- Negligent; heedless; thoughtless; unthinking; inattentive; incautious; remiss; supine; forgetful; regardless; inconsiderate; listless.
adj 1: marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought
or thoroughness; not careful; "careless about her
clothes"; "forgotten by some careless person"; "a
careless housekeeper"; "careless proofreading"; "it
was a careless mistake"; "hurt by a careless remark"
2: effortless and unstudied; "an impression of careless
elegance"; "danced with careless grace"
3: (usually followed by `of') without due thought or
consideration; "careless of the consequences"; "the
proverbial grasshopper--thoughtless of tomorrow";
"crushing the blooms with regardless tread" [syn: careless(p),
4: showing an unthinking lack of consideration; "a careless