unrestrained or irresponsible in speech; given to gossiping.

Origin of loose-tongued

First recorded in 1640–50; loose + tongue + -ed3
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Examples from the Web for loose-tongued

Historical Examples of loose-tongued

  • I sounded him some weeks ago, and found him too loose-tongued for our purposes.

    Parlous Times

    David Dwight Wells

  • To him her face was its confutation, and he knew how loose-tongued is calumny; but still—!

    Peg Woffington

    Charles Reade

  • He was not one of the loose-tongued sort, who tell all to everybody.


    Molly Elliot Seawell

  • All good and loyal men, as loose-tongued as Memnon and as fickle as the North Star.

  • A cigarette-smoking, loose-tongued, kind-to-everybody creature of the stage!

    The Eldest Son

    Archibald Marshall

British Dictionary definitions for loose-tongued



careless or irresponsible in talking
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