Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[loos-join-tid] /ˈlusˈdʒɔɪn tɪd/
having or marked by easy, free movement; limber.
having loose joints.
loosely built or framed.
Origin of loose-jointed
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for loose-jointed
Historical Examples
  • In height he was tall, and his figure was thin and loose-jointed, but stringy and hard-bitten.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He was big-boned, loose-jointed, and so sandy that it was a riddle to guess his age.

    At Start and Finish William Lindsey
  • But the long, big, loose-jointed fellow had miscalculated his strength.

    The Vast Abyss George Manville Fenn
  • He was large and loose-jointed, with the frame of a Titan and the smile of a child.


    Alice Hegan Rice
  • Tornik dropped into a loose-jointed heap in a big chair opposite.

    The Title Market Emily Post
  • He strolled over to the corral with a long, loose-jointed stride.

    The Boy With the U. S. Foresters Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • A heavily freighted and loose-jointed wagon rattled noisily but slowly along the road.

  • His loose-jointed figure had suddenly become tense and forceful; his lean face was determined and very grim.

    Hidden Gold Wilder Anthony
  • Lean he was altogether, lean and long and loose-jointed; an accidental cohesion of relaxed angles.

  • And there was some haste in his slouching, loose-jointed gait which gave to his journey a suggestion of furtiveness.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for loose-jointed


supple and easy in movement
loosely built; with ill-fitting joints
Derived Forms
loose-jointedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
loose-jointed in Medicine

loose-jointed adj.

  1. Having freely articulated, highly mobile joints.

  2. Limber or agile in movement.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for loose-jointed

Word Value for loose

Scrabble Words With Friends