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.
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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
SYNONYMS FOR loose
OTHER WORDS FROM loose
Example sentences from the Web for loose
Instead of carrying several loose adapters around, you can get them all in one convenient package.Laptop docking stations that increase your connection capabilities|PopSci Commerce Team|August 25, 2020|Popular Science
They are loose networks and coalitions of many actors and groups.
Most of the undergraduate student body was scattered to various corners of the earth and at loose ends for the two weeks before virtual learning would begin.
Most multimillionaires are paying about as much attention to loose $20s as you do dimes.
The city’s remodel would later explode in scope and helped shake loose the asbestos that triggered the attention of the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District.City Botched High-Rise Deal from Acquisition to Renovation, Investigation Finds|Jesse Marx and Lisa Halverstadt|July 30, 2020|Voice of San Diego
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 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