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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for loosely
But the specifics of “sex” were, and in many states still are, loosely defined.
Stacked cylinders form a base beneath her feet and loosely roll about as she juggles objects and weaves in and out of hula-hoops.
I held them loosely, looking for opportunities to share, hoping they would help others as much as they helped me.
Whiskey and vodka are also loosely classified as such, but the base of baijiu is sorghum.
“I think they all loosely coordinate and to some degree they de-conflict their operations,” he said.
The fish globe is very effective when nasturtiums and their leaves are loosely arranged in it.The Library of Work and Play: Home Decoration|Charles Franklin Warner
(→) n large, loosely woven basket where farm produce is gathered.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff
Boast no more: such confidence offends heaven; for thy life hangs here as loosely as another's.Calavar|Robert Montgomery Bird
Then he loosely stuffed them with cotton-wool, smoothed the feathers, and placed them on a shelf to dry.The Swan and Her Crew|George Christopher Davies
The Squire proper, to whom these patches were loosely attached.
British Dictionary definitions for loosely
- (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
Word Origin for loose
Idioms and Phrases with loosely
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