Nearby words

  1. looping,
  2. looping mill,
  3. loopy,
  4. loos,
  5. loos, adolf,
  6. loose cannon,
  7. loose change,
  8. loose cover,
  9. loose end,
  10. loose ends


Origin of loose

1175–1225; (adj.) Middle English los, loos < Old Norse lauss loose, free, empty; cognate with Old English lēas (see -less), Dutch, German los loose, free; (v.) Middle English leowsen, lousen, derivative of the adj.

Related forms
Can be confusedloose loosen lose loss Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cut loose
Derived Formsloosely, adverblooseness, noun

Word Origin for loose

C13 (in the sense: not bound): from Old Norse lauss free; related to Old English lēas free from, -less

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Word Origin and History for cut loose
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Idioms and Phrases with cut loose

cut loose


Speak or act without restraint, as in He cut loose with a string of curses. [Early 1800s]


Leave, clear out, as in Let's cut loose right now. [Slang; 1960s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with loose

  • loose cannon
  • loose ends

also see:

  • at loose ends
  • break loose
  • cast loose
  • cut loose
  • footloose and fancy-free
  • hang loose
  • have a screw loose
  • on the loose
  • play fast and loose
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