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.
SYNONYMS FOR loose
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Idioms for loose
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM loose
Example sentences from the Web for loose
When I folded it in half, leaving some tissue hanging loose inside the mask, fogging was minimal, but taking a big gulp of air made the tissue cover my nostrils and prevented me from breathing comfortably.The best ways to stop a mask from fogging up your glasses, ranked|Sandra Gutierrez G.|November 18, 2020|Popular Science
The Hokies’ Jermaine Waller scooped up the loose ball on the way to an apparent touchdown that would have given Virginia Tech a 41-35 lead.Miami’s D’Eriq King will be the latest challenge for beleaguered Virginia Tech defense|Gene Wang|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
Clementines and tangerines are super sweet, a little floral with a loose peel that comes off as easily as the inner segments do — ideal for handheld snacking.Harness the bright sweetness of oranges in these 7 recipes|Kari Sonde|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
Such positioning gives you added stability on bumpy sections and through loose gravel.
Linebacker Chance Campbell scooped up the loose ball and ran 34 yards to the end zone.Maryland’s newcomers lead the way in stunning rout at Penn State|Emily Giambalvo|November 8, 2020|Washington Post
They loosed documents that let us understand the magnitude of this crime.Alex Gibney’s ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’: Sex, Lies, and the Catholic Church|Michael Moynihan|February 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
No, our last act consists of a familiar parade of characters seemingly just loosed from the circus.
And when it is loosed, it is just as exciting as any fashion rebellion.Louis Vuitton, Chanel, McQueen Cap Paris Spring 2013 Fashion Week Shows|Robin Givhan|October 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Hernandez was charged with explaining what it means to have an idea knocked off and loosed into the marketplace.
We call such a person dissolute; and dissolute means literally separated, loosed, broken apart.Practical Ethics|William DeWitt Hyde
He loosed his hold of her, sprang to the broken stove, and began dragging it out of the line of fire that came through the door.The Courage of Marge O'Doone|James Oliver Curwood
A little sob, loosed suddenly upon the night, sped past them.The Dragon Painter|Mary McNeil Fenollosa
When my eyes and bonds were loosed I found myself among a rough crowd of men in the 'tween decks of a large ship.Carette of Sark|John Oxenham
Even as she was speaking she had notched and loosed another shaft, speaking as folk do who turn from busy work at loom or bench.The Roots of the Mountains|William Morris
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 forms of looseloosely, adverblooseness, noun
Word Origin for loose
Medical definitions 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