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
Synonyms for loose
Antonyms for loose
Related Words for looserrelaxed, sloppy, lax, easy, baggy, careless, fast, limp, hanging, escaped, floating, unlocked, separate, disconnected, free, released, unhinged, slack, clear, undone
Examples from the Web for looser
Contemporary Examples of looser
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
April 6, 2014
Even with the new, looser rules, 40 percent of donors are being rejected.Israel’s Sperm Clinic Crisis
March 16, 2014
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
October 22, 2013
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
October 14, 2013
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?
January 23, 2013
Historical Examples of looser
Whether they will or no, I see I must swing a looser tongue, or you'll be showing me the door.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
And by what College of Cardinals is this our God's-vicar, our binder and looser, elected?The Biglow Papers
James Russell Lowell
Looser of the locked and lusty winds from their misty caves.The Voice of the Machines
Gerald Stanley Lee
Had my skin been any looser I should certainly have jumped out of it.'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany
Gerald Featherstone Knight
You see, the ashes get looser as we climb higher, and the mountain steeper.Fire Island
G. Manville Fenn
- (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
- in a loose manner; loosely
- (in combination)loose-fitting
Word Origin for loose
early 13c., "not securely fixed;" c.1300, "unbound," from Old Norse lauss "loose, free, vacant, dissolute," cognate with Old English leas "devoid of, false, feigned, incorrect," from Proto-Germanic *lausaz (cf. Danish løs "loose, untied," Swedish lös "loose, movable, detached," Middle Dutch, German los "loose, free," Gothic laus "empty, vain"), from PIE *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart" (see lose). Meaning "not clinging, slack" is mid-15c. Meaning "not bundled" is late 15c. Sense of "unchaste, immoral" is recorded from late 15c. Meaning "at liberty, free from obligation" is 1550s. Sense of "rambling, disconnected" is from 1680s. Figurative sense of loose cannon was in use by 1896, probably from celebrated image in a popular story by Hugo:
You can reason with a bull dog, astonish a bull, fascinate a boa, frighten a tiger, soften a lion; no resource with such a monster as a loose cannon. You cannot kill it, it is dead; and at the same time it lives. It lives with a sinister life which comes from the infinite. It is moved by the ship, which is moved by the sea, which is moved by the wind. This exterminator is a plaything. [Victor Hugo, "Ninety Three"]
Loose end in reference to something unfinished, undecided, unguarded is from 1540s; to be at loose ends is from 1807. Phrase on the loose "free, unrestrained" is from 1749 (upon the loose).
early 13c, "to set free," from loose (adj.). Meaning "to undo, untie, unfasten" is 14c. Related: Loosed; loosing.
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