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[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. 2017.
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  • Never in my life have I seen such gyrations and capers as were cut by that long-legged, loose-jointed, miraculously flying figure.

    Beasley's Christmas Party Booth Tarkington
  • In height he was tall, and his figure was thin and loose-jointed, but stringy and hard-bitten.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • His revolution is seldom more than a violent squabble among greedy spoilsmen for control of the loose-jointed administration.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • He strolled over to the corral with a long, loose-jointed stride.

    The Boy With the U. S. Foresters Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • But in the tall, loose-jointed figure Ruth easily recognised Rafe Gadbeau.

    The Shepherd of the North Richard Aumerle Maher
  • A heavily freighted and loose-jointed wagon rattled noisily but slowly along the road.

  • He rose to his feet slowly, his loose-jointed frame seeming to unfold itself link by link.

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

    Hidden Gold Wilder Anthony
  • A shambling, loose-jointed giant rolled out of one of the tents, yawning and rubbing the sleep from his eyes.

  • This lanky, loose-jointed fellow came forward, wooden-faced, trailing his rifle lazily.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
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
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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.
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