- 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR loose
OPPOSITES FOR loose
Idioms about 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.
- 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 looseloose·ly, adverbloose·ness, nouno·ver·loose, adjectiveo·ver·loose·ness, noun
How to use loose in a sentence
Really, I don't care about what people say: you can think I'm weird, strange and just a looser nerd but...I like it!Inside the Obsessive Fantasy World of ‘Game of Thrones’ Cosplay|Amy Zimmerman|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even with the new, looser rules, 40 percent of donors are being rejected.Israel’s Sperm Clinic Crisis|Alastair Sloan|March 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As time went on, his strokes began to evolve into looser, freer ones.A New Book Gives A Rare Glimpse Into The Life of Lucian Freud|Erin Cunningham|October 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The results are stunning: looser and less perfect than the originals, I imagine, but all the more vivid because of it.The Band’s ‘Rock of Ages’ Is the Greatest Live Album Ever|Andrew Romano|October 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Picture Whitney Port in Toronto, with a smaller budget and a looser grasp on reality.‘The Avenue’ Star Gregory Gorgeous: Trapped in the YouTube Closet?|Adam Auriemma|January 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Field ice is a term usually applied to frozen sea water floating in much looser form than pack ice.Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic'|British Government
Pushing through the looser edge of pack for a couple of hours we saw the loom of the ice-tongue to the southward.
Fair progress was made through the ice, which became looser as we advanced to the south.
Her black hair was looser now than either of them had ever seen it before, and surrounded her brow like a forest.Return of the Native|Thomas Hardy
In a looser sense, any town which has a considerable distributive trade is called an entrept.
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
Other 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