adjective, loos·er, loos·est.
- having the players on a team positioned at fairly wide intervals, as in a football formation.
- (of a ball, hockey puck, etc.) not in the possession of either team; out of player control.
verb (used with object), loosed, loos·ing.
verb (used without object), loosed, loos·ing.
- to loosen or unfasten, as a ship from a mooring.
- to send forth; set adrift or free: He was cast loose at an early age to make his own way in the world.
- to release from domination or control.
- to become free, independent, etc.
- to revel without restraint: After the rodeo they headed into town to cut loose.
- to free or become free.
- to yield; give way: The guardrail let loose and we very nearly plunged over the edge.
- free; unconfined, as, especially, an escaped convict or circus animal.
- behaving in an unrestrained or dissolute way: a bachelor on the loose.
Origin of loose
SYNONYMS FOR loose
Examples from the Web for loose
As of Thursday night, the brothers remained on the loose, last seen in northern France.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Emotions once suppressed, emotions once channeled, now are let loose.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson|Cory Booker|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Johnson reported that he was stunned when Brown just grabbed a box of cigarillos and then two handfuls of loose ones.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America|Michael Daly|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wales fostered a loose system of collective management, in which he played guide and gentle prodder but not boss.
Zealots on motorcycles are throwing acid at women whose veils are deemed too loose in the ancient city of Isfahan.
Its petals are loose and thin, and of a pale primrose colour, and before it is fully out it is at its best.A Year in a Lancashire Garden|Henry Arthur Bright
The folds of his loose cravat, I found to be precisely those of Mr. Groggles's cravat.
Water trickled here and there, overhung by mosses of loose habit and of a dazzling green.Fire Island|G. Manville Fenn
Indeed as regards room, they are much crowded, residing in loose sheds.History of American Socialisms|John Humphrey Noyes
She followed her father into the garden, and went with him to the loose box where the horse was to be found.Henry Dunbar|M. E. Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for loose
- (esp of women) promiscuous or easy
- (of attitudes, ways of life, etc) immoral or dissolute
- (of the bowels) emptying easily, esp excessively; lax
- (of a cough) accompanied by phlegm, mucus, etc
- free from confinement or restraint
- informal on a spree
- in a loose manner; loosely
- (in combination)loose-fitting
Derived Formsloosely, adverblooseness, noun
Word Origin for loose
Idioms and Phrases with loose
In addition to the idioms beginning with loose
- loose cannon
- loose ends
- 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