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
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.
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
Was he yielding to the temptation of that looser life that all artists were supposed to lead?The "Genius"|Theodore Dreiser
But keep on working your hands all you can, Roger, for the looser your bonds are the better in the end.The Pioneer Boys of the Columbia|Harrison Adams
Patagium complete, enveloping the whole disk with the arms, and forming a larger elliptical disk of looser framework.
A few men made holes in the looser earth, and so we fired at each other through the bank here and there.
The ice grows worse and worse as we approach land, and is, besides, covered with much deeper and looser snow than before.Farthest North|Fridtjof Nansen
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