(of a fore-and-aft sail) not having the foot bent to a boom.
First recorded in 1710–20
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How to use loose-footed in a sentence
The mainsail is of course loose-footed, and the tack is seen well triced up.King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855 | E. Keble Chatterton