Origin of loose-jointed

First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for loose-jointed

Historical Examples of loose-jointed

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for loose-jointed


  1. supple and easy in movement
  2. loosely built; with ill-fitting joints
Derived Formsloose-jointedness, noun
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loose-jointed in Medicine


  1. Having freely articulated, highly mobile joints.
  2. Limber or agile in movement.
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