Origin of loose-limbed

First recorded in 1815–25
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Historical Examples of loose-limbed

  • Fine, big fellows they were, too; loose-limbed and strong featured.

  • We are all very careful and tender over our loose-limbed baby.

  • Look—see the way she is formed, so lithe, loose-limbed, agile.

    Voyage To Eternity

    Milton Lesser

  • Senhouse, hatless and loose-limbed, stood at the door to help her out.

    Rest Harrow

    Maurice Hewlett

  • He walked not loose-limbed like a boy, as he had done that very afternoon, but with the soldier's hard tread upon the heel.

British Dictionary definitions for loose-limbed


  1. (of a person) having supple limbs
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