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
Tampa Bay’s win in Game 4 was an all-timer — and an all-time gut-punch of a loss for the Dodgers, who had fought hard to stake themselves to a 7-6 lead with two outs in the bottom of the ninth before all hell broke loose.The Dodgers Went From A Stunning Loss To The Brink Of A Championship|Neil Paine (firstname.lastname@example.org)|October 26, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
As temperatures rise and the peaks thaw, rocks that were previously held firmly in place by ice are coming loose.How Climate Change Is Making the Alps More Dangerous|Agostino Petroni|October 23, 2020|Outside Online
Basically, if you’re hair didn’t look like the Europeanized image of silky straight tresses or beach-friendly loose waves, it wasn’t beautiful.
If you were loose enough in your understanding of what it means to copy yourself, for instance, then a spreading fire is a self-copying phenomenon.The Physicist’s New Book of Life - Issue 92: Frontiers|Michael Brooks|October 21, 2020|Nautilus
Inside are 20 loose-leaf papers written in Lee’s grandfather’s hand.
What candidate field can we expect in 2016 in case the moderate wing of the GOP looses out to Obama in 2012?
As you get opposite the door, she looses her hold upon them, and then commences the chase.Nasby in Exile|David R. Locke
But that burning of the image kills her and looses the man from her spell.The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction|Dorothy Scarborough
This species usually seeds very sparingly, but when once introduced, it looses no time in spreading by creeping stems.Seeds of Michigan Weeds|W. J. (William James) Beal
It is sweet in the Arabic language but it looses its beauty when translated into other languages.Modern Persia|Mooshie G. Daniel
Owing to the smokey condition of the city, the "Lait Gustise" looses his identity.
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